George Baldock – The Don Returns

It has just been announced that George Baldock will be returning to the Kassam Stadium on a season-long loan after he impressed in the 12 games he played for the U’s last season.

Baldock, 22, played 12 consecutive games for United scoring one goal in dramatic

fashion as he lofted the ball into the back of the net in the final minutes against Morecambe.

George Baldock had to say:

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Oxford and am more than happy to be back. We got on a decent run and the team finished really strongly.

If you look at the players that the club have signed this summer then there is even more quality and depth to the squad this time around and that makes coming back for a longer period a very exciting challenge for me.

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Baldock in action for MK Dons

“The fans were great, the club is ambitious and I’m looking forward to joining up with everyone this week and getting a full pre-season under my belt.”

The MK Dons man will be joining up with the Oxford squad tomorrow alongside new signings Kemar Roofe, Liam Sercombe, Ryan Taylor and Sam Slocombe where they will be undertaking a training camp at RAF Benson.

Michael Appleton adds:

“We are really pleased to have George back again. He fitted in superbly last season, he is a local lad and he is ambitious to be part of a successful side here. The fans took to him straight away and we think he is only going to get better the more games he plays at right back. Most importantly he is hungry and he wanted to come back to Oxford, which I think speaks volumes for the way the club is heading.”

In other news Ryan Clarke is set to move away from The Kassam as Michael Appleton revealed this morning that he would be surprised if the U’s stopper was a Yellow come the end of the week.

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Who is Ian Evatt?

After being linked with the Spireite by numerous media outlets this afternoon, I ask the question to who exactly is Ian Evatt?

Standing at 6ft 3, Evatt is a towering centre half, who has played for the majority of his career way above League Two. This includes one prominent season in the Premier League where he accumulated 38 appearances over the course of the campaign.Ian+Evatt+Chesterfield+v+Northampton+Town+F1VrQC3x02Hl

He joined his current club Chesterfield in 2013 helping to guide them to promotion from League Two. He has since made 73 appearances for the Spireites and this season Evatt captained them to a surprise spot in the League One play offs.

Oxford are rumoured to be interested in the centre-half and a 2/3 year could tempt him away from the Proact Stadium.

Sam Slocombe – Player Profile

It was announced this morning that former Iron stopper Sam Slocombe has joined the U’s on a two-year-deal following his release from Scunthorpe.

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  • Age: 27
  • Nationality: English
  • Height: 6ft (1.83m)
  • Weight: 74.83kg
  • Scunthorpe Appearances: 115

His career began at Bottesford Town where he attracted the attention of the League One side who consequently submitted a £3,000 fee for the goalkeeper’s services. He made his debut in 2009 for ‘Scunny’ and has since accumulated over 100 appearances, becoming a firm favourite amongst the fans over his seven year stint at the club.

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Slocombe has been renowned for his exceptional reactionary shot-stopping abilities and has been labelled his best within his own 6 yard box. This is an invaluable attribute to have and below is a clip of what we should hope to see from the new man:

Also his supreme penalty saving record. Many U’s fans will remember the excellent penalty save he pulled off during the meeting between the two sides in the 2013/14 season where he excellently tipped Deane Smalley’s low strike past the post:

U’s sign Taylor

Ryan Taylor is the next to join the U’s following on from the additions of Kemar Roofe and Liam Sercombe a fortnight ago.

The target-man was not offered a contract from Portsmouth after Paul Cook arrived from Chesterfield and has signed a two-year deal with Oxford.

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Ryan Taylor in action for Portsmouth

The 27 year-old has accumulated 55 appearances for Portsmouth, scoring 15 times during his time on the south coast.

Taylor has also played for Rotherham, Burton, Exeter and Bristol City scoring 41 goals in his 10 year and 240 appearance career.

Michael Appleton is pleased to bring in the 6ft 2 forward:

“Ryan is another really strong addition to the squad. He works hard, scores goals, he leads the line really well and he is someone you know is going to make life very hard for opposition defenders. He was one of the best forwards in the division last season and we are delighted to have him here.”

Mark Ashton added:

“I think it’s another big signing for us. Ryan will bring us something different, a physicality we probably haven’t got at the moment and we’re delighted to have him here”

Ryan Taylor had himself to say:

“It’s an exciting move for me. Oxford have big plans and I have been very impressed by the set-up and by the ambition that everyone has shown. They proved what they can do during the second half of last season and I’m looking forward to reporting back for pre-season, getting to know the lads and being part of a successful side here.”