We are delighted to announce that Oxford United goalkeeper Jack Stevens has joined the club on loan until January this afternoon. He played the first half of last season for The Hoops, before being recalled to his parent club in mid-November for the remainder of the season. He played in 19 competitive fixtures during his first spell, with two clean sheets.
He replaces Craig Hill in between the City sticks, who has unfortunately left the club this afternoon. Since coming into the side in January 2016, he has been ever present in the side up until now, and kept 8 competitive clean sheets for The Hoops in this time. We thank him for his contribution for the club during this time.
We are also delighted to announce that we have signed Rob Sinclair from Forest Green Rovers. He has had plenty of experience both in the Football League, and also at National League level and has made 104 appearances for Forest Green over the past 3 years in a spell that has seen them promoted into the Football League for the first time.
City boss Mark Jones was delighted at the two new signings today:
We are delighted to announce the two new signings today, Jack Stevens on loan from Oxford United until January, and the permanent signing of Rob Sinclair on a two year contract from Forest Green Rovers.
Jack is a player that we know well after his time on loan with us last season. We are keen to keep developing him, Oxford United are delighted with his progress, so we are delighted to be able to work with him again this season. He is hungry to come in and do well for us.
Rob Sinclair is a really big coup for the club. He has been at Forest Green for the last three seasons. He has been a professional since 18 years of age at Salisbury and Forest Green. We actually beat off competition from Barrow, Wrexham and Woking to secure his signing. I had a relationship with him from my time at Stevenage, and (Assistant Manager) Joe Deeney knows him well as well.
Rob is a very versatile player and can play anywhere in the midfield. We are getting him at a good age too, he’s 28 at the end of the month, so he’s got a lot to offer and can come in and really look to make us better.
Both will go straight into the squad to face Welling United on Saturday at Marsh Lane.
He also thanked Craig Hill for his time at the club:
I would like to thank Craig Hill very much for all of his efforts at the club. To bring players in, you sometimes have to let players go, which is always the horrible part of the job. It’s not easy decisions, but sometimes when these opportunities come available you sometimes have to look and see what would improve us and improve the team going forward, so unfortunately we have had to let Craig go.
We regret to announce that, as part of Mark Jones' ongoing squad reshuffle, Guri Demuria has left the club.
Demuria joined The Hoops from Beaconsfield SYCOB in April of this year as Mark Jones looked to reinforce an ailing defence. He instantly became a regular in the first team and, despite being part of a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Hampton and Richmond on his debut, he went on to be part of a defence which which conceded just one goal in the final four league games.
Speaking to the website this morning, Mark Jones was full of praise for the young defender:
“We'd like to thank Guri very much for his efforts at the club. Since he came to us he has never let us down and it was a difficult decision to let him go but we needed to reshape the squad slightly.
We of course wish him all the best going forward”
Updated 21:39 - 17 Sep 2017 by Oxford City FC