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Oxford United Weekly Round-Up: Key Contracts and Important Win

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The good news keeps on rolling at Oxford United and the last seven days continued on the same trajectory.

There was a brace of positive contract news and Liam Manning’s side picked up a third win on the bounce.

Oxford United Weekly Round-Up: Contract News and Third Successive Win

Contract Details Emerge on Key Midfielder

Oxford midfielder Marcus McGuane has a one-year option on his contract, according to Jerome Sale.

Speaking on BBC Radio Oxford’s ‘The Dub’ podcast, Sale spoke on the in-form midfielder’s current deal, which expires in the summer.

He said: “The word we have is that there is, not reported at the time when he signed a three-year contract in 2021, there is an option that Oxford United have on Marcus McGuane’s contract.

“He is technically out of contract this summer but United have an option and I think the way he is playing at the moment, it’s a no-brainer that they’ll exercise that option.”

“If they can’t start, and complete, successful contract terms. I think it strengthens their hand in those contract talks.”

New Loan Move for Defender

Oxford defender James Golding has been recalled from his loan spell with National League South outfit, Dartford, but has been sent on loan to National League club, Maidenhead United.

The defender, who recently penned a new “long-term” deal, makes the step up in division and will try and help the Magpies avoid the drop as they currently sit 21st in the table.

Golding has managed eight senior appearances for the U’s but is yet to feature this season.

Captain Signs New Oxford United Contract

On Thursday, Oxford captain Elliott Moore penned a new “long-term” deal with the club.

The 26-year-old, whose previous deal was due to expire in 2025, has made over 150 appearances for the U’s since arriving from Leicester in 2019.

Speaking to the club’s official website, the defender said: “I’m pleased to have got it signed and with a young family it is great to have that little bit of extra security for the future.

“But it was a really easy decision to make because this is where I want to be playing my football and I am really enjoying it.

“It feels like the whole club is heading in the right direction and I want to be part of that.”

Head coach Liam Manning added: “Like all good defenders, Elliott senses danger and reads the game so well.

“He rarely gets beaten in the air but he is comfortable on the ball as well and that is important in the modern game.

“He is the captain, the leader, and has the total respect of everyone in the dressing room. At 26, he has his best years ahead of him and we are pleased that he will be doing that with Oxford United.”

Oxford United End the Week With Another Win

Oxford’s impressive early season form continued with a 3-1 win on the road against Stevenage.

The U’s fell behind to an early goal but a Greg Leigh brace either side of half time and a third late on from skipper Elliott Moore sealed the win for Liam Manning’s side.

The U’s remain second in League One, one point behind Portsmouth but with a game in hand.


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