OXFORD United have signed teenage defender Sam Allardyce following his release from Bury.

The 18-year-old, grandson of his namesake, the former England manager, has agreed a one-year contract.

Allardyce came through the youth set-up at Manchester United, before joining the Shakers two years ago.

He said: “I came and had a look round and was really impressed with the way the club is set up and the way that Karl (Robinson) likes to try and help young players.

“It’s a big move for me, away from home and at an important stage of my career.

“I’ll come here and give it my all and am determined to make the most of the opportunity.”

Allardyce is the second teenager to sign this week, following full back Kevin Berkoe from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Robinson said: “Sam is an ‘old-school’ defender. He reads the game really well and wants to win every ball and every header.

“He is still quite raw but he has this real passion for the game and a natural enthusiasm.

“Kevin joining from Wolves means we have brought in two players who have spent time at big club academies and are hungry and want to push on and be part of the first team this season.”