AIDAN Hawtin and Sam Humphreys have been released from their Oxford United contracts early to play in Norway.

The 20-year-olds both came through the youth system at the club and made their Football League debuts at the end of last season.

But with only three substitute appearances between them, the pair have looked elsewhere for regular football.

They flew to Norway last week and after agreeing to cancel their contracts, which were due to expire this summer, have signed up with fourth tier side FK Valdres.

U's boss Michael Appleton said: “We’d like to thank Aidan and Sam for their hard work and everything they have given the club over the years.

"They are both good players but also bright lads who are a credit to their families.

“They have done ever so well but this is a fantastic opportunity for them and one we think will give them great experience while also playing regular football.”

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  • Sam Humphreys in action for Oxford United against Dagenham & Redbridge in November

Humphreys, from Chipping Norton, said: ”It is a fantastic opportunity for me to develop as a footballer but also as a person, playing first team football in a foreign country which I believe will be an invaluable experience in the future.”

Bicester's Hawtin said: “I think it is a chance that we couldn’t turn down.

"Not just the football and playing regularly in a foreign country, but also the change in lifestyle.

"Hopefully this will be an experience that will live with me forever.”