CURTIS Nelson has stressed he will be committed to Oxford United for as long as he is at the club.

The centre back was responding to criticism following a curt post-match interview following the 3-0 defeat at Plymouth Argyle on New Year’s Day.

It included a refusal to answer questions about his future, which had been prompted by the lack of progress in United’s

long-running attempts to agree a new deal.

Nelson, whose contract expires this summer, told United’s website: “I find it difficult, like most players, to speak after a loss, especially 3-0 away and for me it was my old club.

“I felt embarrassed as all the lads and staff did.

“We didn’t feel great and with emotions running high I wasn’t in a great place to be doing an interview.

“My head was still spinning, I was in a very difficult situation.

“It’s difficult for me to talk about a contract situation after a game and I think it’s difficult for that subject to be spoken about regardless of the situation.”

He added: “I will be 100 per cent Oxford until someone says otherwise.

“At the moment that’s at the end of the season.

“That needs clearing up between myself and the manager. That’s an ongoing thing but it needs to come to a conclusion sooner rather than later.

“I will never not be 100 per cent committed.

“Anyone that knows me knows I’m 100 per cent professional in everything I do around the place.”