OXFORD City will run a new under 23 team in the 2019/20 season.

And with their academy side being accepted into the new National Elite Under 19 League following the award of the club’s academy licence, the youth structure at the club looks strong.

City made the decision to create an under 23 side to try to bridge the gap for players between the under 19 team and the first team squad.

They will compete in the Suburban Premier Division, facing familiar names such as Aldershot Town, Sutton United, Woking and the Metropolitan Police.

First team manager Mark Jones believes the new side will be a big benefit.

“It’s going to be a good programme for young players,” he said.

“We want to try and get good youngsters in the system, and these new leagues the under 19s and under 23s will be competing in will help the young players at the club develop.”

City will be holding trials for both teams.

People interested in playing for the under 23 side should turn up on Tuesday, July 2 at 8.30pm.

And those under 19s looking to get involved are invited to attend an open training session on Monday, July 1 at midday, or on Tuesday, July 2.

Both take place at City’s Court Place Farm stadium.

Meanwhile, Ben Sturgess will remain at Thame United for the new campaign.

The club captain has signed a deal to stay for a third year.