JAMIE Hanson expects to deliver much more for Oxford United next season after a challenging first campaign with the club.

The 23-year-old was the U’s biggest investment last summer, with a substantial six-figure fee seeing him move from Derby County.

But despite going on to make 41 appearances, he struggled for form.

Hanson lost his place in the side during the spring when Karl Robinson’s team enjoyed their best run of results, but impressed on his return to the starting line-up against Doncaster Rovers in April.

And he believes that shot in the arm will make a big difference heading into pre-season.

He said: “It was a massive confidence boost for me.

“I know I can do it, it’s just proving to everyone I can. I know it sounds daft, but at the start of the season I was maybe trying a bit too hard.

“I was attempting passes I shouldn’t really have done because I didn’t want to let anybody down here. That was probably what happened.

“Now I’m thinking just get back to basics, keep the ball moving.

“There’s still a lot more to come from me.”

Hanson’s start to his U’s career was not helped by a debatable red card against Newport County in August which saw him miss four matches.

But one thing the ex-Derby apprentice believes did not have an impact was the price tag.

“I wouldn’t say so,” he said.

“I’ve had some criticism this season but I can take that on the chin.

“Hopefully I can prove some people wrong next year. That’s my aim really.”

Having been signed as a holding midfielder, he was shifted to right back midway through the season.

Sam Long took his place in defence during the run-in, leading Hanson to be used back in midfield at the end of the campaign.

He said: “Hats off to Longy and hopefully he can carry on the form into next season.

“I’m just happy to get on the pitch, whether that’s right back or midfield.

“I think I can do a job for the team (in either) but it would be nice to nail down one position.”