SETTLING in quickly as a loan player is vital to the success of the spell, but fortunately Oxford United’s newest signing has plenty of experience.

Todd Kane began the eighth short-term stint of his career yesterday when he trained with the U’s squad for the first time following the deadline day move from Chelsea.

Arriving at a new club has its challenges, especially when you are coming from one of the Premier League’s biggest clubs.

“Of course it’s difficult,” the right back said. “You go to some clubs and lads don’t talk to you.

“People look at you like ‘oh, you’ve come from Chelsea’ but when they get to know me they realise I’m not the type of guy they think I am.

“I’m just another lad coming into the club and looking to do a job.

“I’m here for exactly the same reason as all the other boys – to help the club.

“It’s a little bit intimidating the first couple of days, but I’ve done it enough times.”

However, the 24-year-old had a helping hand at the training ground yesterday thanks to winger Rob Hall.

Kane said: “We played against each other when he was at West Ham through the years.

“I’ve been a very good friend of his and it makes things a bit better coming to a new club and knowing someone.

“We’re here together now, so hopefully we can have a good partnership.

“We’ll have a good understanding of how we each play and we can hopefully do well.”


  • 2012/13: Preston NE (5 apps) 
  • 2012/13: Blackburn Rov (14)
  • 2013/14: Blackburn Rov (28)
  • 2014/15: Bristol City (7)
  • 2014/15: Nottingham Forest (8)
  • 2015/16: NEC Nijmegen (31)
  • 2017/18: Groningen (12)