JAMES Constable has been appointed as a patron for Oxford United in the Community.

The role will see the former U's striker, who netted 106 goals for the club, support their official charity - now in its 30th year.

It comes after the 34-year-old announced last month he was planning to step down from full-time football after 13 years as a professional.

He told the club's website: "I’ve such fond memories of my career at Oxford and have so many friends there.

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"Community is so important and football clubs have such an opportunity to engage and help people and I’ve always viewed it as a privilege and responsibility.

"Oxford United in the Community plays a vital role in supporting people in the county and I’m looking forward to supporting the charity in any way I can.”

Chris Lowes, head of operations at the charity, said: "Having such a popular and engaging figure like James on board will help us elevate the profile of Oxford United in the Community and empower us to deliver more results.

"We can’t wait to work with him and know his patronage and contribution will strengthen our cause.”