PETER Kioso backs himself to get the better of any winger in Sky Bet Championship next season.

The 24-year-old right back has joined Oxford United for an undisclosed fee from Rotherham United, and feels more than ready for the challenge that awaits his new side.

Kioso has previous Championship experience with Luton Town and the Millers, and will draw on that when the U’s embark on their first season in the second tier for 25 years.

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He said: “I’m not afraid to defend one v one, especially in the Championship. As a full back, you have to get used to it, and you’re left one v one most of the time, playing against some good wingers.

“I’m not saying I’m the best defender in the world, but I definitely back myself against anyone I come up against because I’m not going to go into a game fearing someone just because of the name or something they’ve done.

“I’ll always back myself, and know that on my day, I can have the better of everyone in this league.

“That’s me making sure that I’m on my day every day, because it all takes in the Championship is to be off it on one day.

“Going forward, I always say that when the winger playing ahead of me has a good game, I feel like I’ve had a good game.

“My winger having a good game is about me making sure that I disrupt the defender on his side, to create more space for him through loads of underlaps or overlaps.

“I might not get the ball all the time, but I don’t really care as long as he’s creating space, and getting an assist or a goal.

“Sometimes as a full back, you might see me in the box now and then out of nowhere, but it always has to make sense behind me.”

Kioso joins a United team, whereby he is already familiar with a couple of faces from his time at MK Dons on loan during the 2021/22 season.

He said: “I played with Josh McEachran when I was at MK Dons. He’s a great guy and even after I left MK Dons, me and him still spoke here and there, just checking up on each other.

“I worked with Pricey [Lewis Price] as well when I was at MK Dons. He’s another great person as well, and a great coach.

“I think everyone sees him as a goalkeeping coach, but he does a lot of work with the defensive line and helps them out as well.

“When I was at MK Dons, he definitely did help me and the defenders, and I really enjoyed working with him.

“Everyone I’ve spoken to has told me how great the group is. That family spirit goes a long way because there are going to be certain games where we might not be on top of it, but when you have that family spirit and you’re going to run for your teammates, that always takes you a long way and is what gets you results.”