OXFORD United have clinched a major first signing of the summer after Simon Eastwood committed himself to a new contract.

The goalkeeper, who has played every minute of the U’s last two campaigns in Sky Bet League One, today signed a three-year deal.

It ends any concerns the 28-year-old, who had 12 months left on his previous arrangement, would be tempted away this summer.

United turned down a £350,000 bid from Championship side Barnsley in January and only a fortnight ago Eastwood was braced for a summer of speculation.

But he is delighted to have ended any uncertainty.

Eastwood said: “It’s a good feeling to sign again.

“In the last two seasons I think I’ve proven what I can do and when I got interest in January the club were so strong in not letting me go.

“Even this summer the club have been the same and it shows how much I’m wanted by them.

“Sometimes you’ve got to have a think about it. Family comes first and we’re settled here.

“To get a three-year deal is a long contract.

“I’m always more of a safety-first guy, I don’t always think the grass is greener (somewhere else).

“We like it here and it’s a good club with a good new manager. It’s a club definitely on the way up.”

Robinson has not yet been at United for two months, but has seen more than enough to know just how important Eastwood was to his plans for next season.

He said: “It’s my first signing at the club and it will probably end up being my best signing.

“I don’t think I’ve seen Easty at his best.

“Since Christmas with all the speculation it’s been difficult for him.

“I know the last two months there’s been an awful lot of speculation about him leaving. It was true we had two offers to leave.

“He felt the project here was a challenge and we get on really well.

“This is quite a big day for me.

“Not many agents who are trying to bring players in believed me that I’d be able to keep hold of Easty.

“There you go, I told you, so I’m happy.”