LIAM Kelly has high hopes for Oxford United's new signings.

The midfielder's season-long loan from Dutch giants Feyenoord was confirmed yesterday, bringing him back to the U's for a second spell.

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Kelly, 24, spent the second half of last season with United as Karl Robinson's side reached the Sky Bet League One play-off final.

While Jamie Mackie is currently the only player to have left the club since the Wembley defeat to Wycombe Wanderers, Kelly is the U's seventh signing of the summer.

The Irishman has been encouraged by what he has seen and is keen to play his part.

He said: “You want to see some new faces to freshen the place up.

“Speaking to the boys and the gaffer, the new additions have been unbelievable.

“The gaffer’s put them all in high regard. I can’t wait to get going and get to know them.”

A lack of match fitness and injury meant Kelly made just five appearances at the Kassam Stadium in 2019/20.

United host AFC Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup first round on September 5 - their first competitive game of next season - and the midfielder is raring to go.

He added: “Hopefully now with two or three weeks to go I can get some conditioning in me and get ready to start.

“I feel in good shape, so it’s now about getting the miles in the legs and minutes in the tank.