A GROWING Oxford United influence at Vanarama National League South outfit Slough Town is benefitting both clubs.

Rising stars Tyler Goodrham and Leon Chambers-Parillon were loaned to Arbour Park in the second half of this season, joining former U’s players Scott Davies and left back Freddie Grant in the squad.

The latter pair arrived after spells at other clubs, but joint manager Jon Underwood explained the loans resulted from a growing relationship with the U’s.

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“It’s definitely a co-ordinated approach,” he said.

“We try to work closely with league clubs if we can and Oxford is one of the more advanced relationships we’ve got now.

“I’ve been in a couple of times on training days, and we’ve been really welcomed.

"I think they trust Slough as a club to send their players.

“We’re not one of the big-hitters financially in this league and we have to rely on a few loans.

“By staying close, we can be seen as a club for them to rebuild their careers if they leave.”

Slough’s season ended with a 3-1 defeat at Havant & Waterlooville yesterday and they will finish between 11th and 14th in the table once the teams below them play games in hand.

The sixth tier has been a good test for 18-year-old Goodrham, who joined in December after starring for Hayes & Yeading United at the level below.

“We were aware of him in the summer and probably could have taken him at the start of the season,” Underwood revealed.

“We didn’t have a gap in the squad, even though he’s a very good player.

“He did brilliantly at Hayes & Yeading and the timing was right. He’s been brilliant since he walked in the door and fitted in immediately.

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“The players could see in his first training session how good he was.

“We have a 3G pitch and the games tend to be on the ground, so we can get him on the ball.

“You can go to other grounds where the games are a bit scrappier but that’s a really good learning curve.”

Goodrham scored three goals in 17 appearances, playing in a variety of positions across the front line.

United have already triggered a clause in the forward’s contract that keeps him at the club for another season and Underwood hopes he can kick on.

He said: “He’s had a couple of injury problems, but I think the experience will help him.

“We want him to push on to getting in that first-team squad (at United).

“It would be great to see, he’s definitely got the talent but he’s going to have to work hard.”

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Chambers-Parillon joined in March after an injury-hit spell at National League South counterparts Havant & Waterlooville, although he did start at Charlton Athletic in the Emirates FA Cup first round.

The 20-year-old was unable to stay fit at Slough, sustaining an ankle issue the day he signed which flared up 25 minutes into his debut against Hemel Hempstead Town on Easter Monday.

It has been a frustrating season for the midfielder, who made three League One appearances last March, and United must decide whether they trigger the year’s option in his contract.

Whatever Chambers-Parillon’s future holds, Underwood revealed Slough would be interested in having him back.

He said: “When he got his chance he had a recurrence of the injury.

“He showed a lot of promise in the time he was on the pitch.

“We’ve seen he’s a talented lad and we want to explore where things are in the summer.

“He needs to be playing regular football next year, so we’ll certainly be in that queue to have him next season.”