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Oxford United Weekly Round-Up: Two New Arrivals Ahead of Championship Campaign

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The transfer news continues with Oxford United bringing in two news faces before offloading one.

The U’s have also been linked to other players, which feature right here.

Oxford United Weekly Round-Up: Two More Arrivals

McGinty Extends League of Ireland Stay

On Monday, Ed McGinty extended his loan spell with Sligo Rovers.

The 24-year-old joined his former club back in January and will remain oversees until the end of the season in November.

U’s ‘Leading the Race’ to Sign Derby Starlet

On Wednesday, Pete O’Rourke reported that Oxford were “leading the race” to sign Derby midfielder, Louie Sibley.

The 22-year-old was offered a new contract with his boyhood club but the versatile midfielder left Pride Park at the start of the month.

Understandably, several clubs had shown interest in Sibley, with Oxford the favourites to bring him in. The midfielder turned out 173 times for the Rams and helped the club secure a return to the Championship last season.

Sibley Joins Oxford United

Shortly after the news of Louie Sibley broke, the midfielder penned a long term deal with the U’s.

Speaking on his move, he said: “It wasn’t a hard decision to make. Watching last season’s success, it’s something you want to be a part of.

“As soon as I knew of the interest, I just wanted to get this deal done.

“When I walk around the place, I get a feeling that it’s a club that is on the up. It’s a big decision for me, but I can’t wait to get started now.

“I want to be a midfielder in those areas where I can get on the ball and be in the pockets. I feel I’ve got that quality to drive past players and I want to give everything for the shirt.

Head coach, Des Buckingham, said: “Louie has been a very important player for his club since progressing into the first team, and we are delighted to bring someone of his quality into our group.

“To get a player that is still at such a young age and with so much experience in the football league is hugely exciting for us as a club.

“We believe Louie will be a very positive addition to our group and will help us achieve our goals next season and beyond.

“We hope he can continue to develop as a player and make a significant impact going forward.”

U’s Target Brentford Midfielder

Oxford are one of three Championship clubs targeting a loan spell for Brentford youngster, Myles Peart-Harris, according to Football Insider. 

The 21-year-old, who joined the Bees from Chelsea in 2021, spent time on loan at Forest Green before helping Portsmouth secure promotion from League One.

The attacking midfielder scored twice from 12 outings under John Mousinho and the Premier League club look to shift him on loan to a second tier side.

The report adds Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea are also interested.

U’s Sign Currie

Oxford continued to build their squad ahead of the new Championship season with the addition of left-back, Jack Currie.

The 22-year-old was out of contract in the summer but AFC Wimbledon triggered a 12 month extension.

The defender has turned out 95 times for the Dons, aiding the team with five goal contributions.

Speaking to the club for the first time, he said: “The gaffer, the coaching staff, and obviously the project they had laid out is something I’m really excited about and is something I’ve been looking forward to for so long.

“The club is at the stage now where it’s looking to push on and it is a privilege to be a part of. The gaffer has trust in me to do a job and obviously perform week in, week out with the boys.

“I’m the type of player to play for the badge if the cause is right, which it is here. I’ll run through brick walls, I’ll play with passion and with my heart on my sleeve. At the end of the day I need to do a job defensively, and that’s what I like to think I’m very good at.”

Des Buckingham added: “Jack is a player that has really impressed us and we are delighted to bring him in.

“He fits in perfectly to the way we want to play and arrives with plenty of experience in league football.

“We believe he can make a positive impact on our current group and also has the type of character that will help us continue to drive and develop the culture and environment within our team.”

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