We are delighted to announce that Josh Ashby has agreed a deal to sign for the club on a one-year deal for the 2018/19 season. He joins us following his release at the end of his contract at near neighbours Oxford United.
Josh is already a very familiar face to the City faithful as he played a key role in City’s turnaround in the 2016/17 campaign, alongside a number of other U’s loanees.
His first spell saw him don the City shirt 21 times, his debut coming in City’s unlikely first away victory of the campaign at Bath City. His spell at the club did end abruptly following a serious knee injury picked up on Oxfordshire Senior Cup with his parent club, however last season he started to show his best once again with United following his comeback.
Josh joins Craig King, Udoka Godwin-Malife, Joe Oastler, Reece Fleet, Eddie Jones, Zac McEachran, and Rob Sinclair who have signed on for next season already.
City boss Mark Jones is delighted to be able to welcome Josh back to the club:
"We’re very pleased to get him, he’s a good, young, hungry player who wants to progress and wants to do well, and we want to give Josh that opportunity to go and show his ability next season.
We’ve been working on his signing for a while. We worked with him a couple of season ago when he was on loan from Oxford United where we thought a lot of him. He’s a very good passer of the ball and is technically very good. I think he fits in perfectly for what we want to do as a team.
He suffered that bad injury to his knee and went back to Oxford United, but then became available at the end of the season.
We’re very pleased with the signing, and we are very happy to welcome him back to the club, this time on a permanent deal."
Jonah also gave a brief update of where the club are on other signings:
"We’re working hard on some other players, we should have news on some other signings next week. We’ve agreed deals in principle with a striker and a left-back, however both these players are currently on holiday and we hope to get these over the line next week."
Updated 21:27 - 1 Sep 2018 by Oxford City FC