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A Busy Day for Mark Jones

A Busy Day for Mark Jones

By Oxford City FC
23rd May
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Five more signings today!

Who’d have thought that, not only would we carry on our streak of signing players this week, but actually we’d bring you five.

Headlining the day’s business was captain Joe Oastler, who committed to next season’s campaign in the North.

The central defender has been a crucial player for the Hoops in the past two seasons, highlighted by his 97 appearances in this period.

Mark Jones was unable to hide his delight at being able to re-sign his club captain, who will travel from the South Coast for each match:

I'm absolutely delighted to have re-signed Joe.

It was looking as though he wouldn't be able to commit to the club with the travel from his home in Portsmouth, but he contacted me a couple of days ago to say that he's really enjoying his football here and enjoys playing for the club, and its fantastic that he's committed himself for another season.

He's our captain, our center-half, an excellent player – it would have been nigh on impossible to replace him so I'm absolutely over the moon to be working with him again.

He was joined this afternoon by Eddie Jones, who also signed an extended deal for the 2019/20 season. The right-back has really proven himself to be a valuable asset this season, making what was an unnatural position for him, his own.

The City gaffer was full of praise for Jones’ performances over the past season:

I'm really pleased that Eddie has agreed to extend his stay with us for a third season. His performances, particularly in the second half of the season, have been excellent and he is one of our most consistent players. I'm really pleased to be working with him again: he's a good character, very athletic and strong, and he's getting better in that fullback position all of the time.

He's a player who we know what we will get from week in, week out, and he's going to be a really important player for us next season.

But that wasn’t to be the end of the transfer news. Later in the evening, Craig Fasanmade signed his first full-time contract with the club.

The tricky winger had a superb first full season with the first team in 2018/19, causing many a defence serious problems, particular highlights coming against Hemel Hempstead Town.

And Mark Jones really sees him as a player who is going to have a big impact next season:

We've signed Craig onto a contract for the next year – we think he's got a lot of potential and he impressed us last season, making a positive impact on games and working really hard to earn his first contract with us

I can see him playing a really big role for us next season, and I'm pleased for him as he really deserves it.

Craig's another player who has come through our academy over the past few seasons, and we hope he can be another young player who makes a big impact on the first team.

Kyran Wiltshire also committed to the 2019/20 National League North campaign. The midfielder, who joined last season, played an important role at left-back, and in midfield, where he notched 8 goals.

Kyran was excellent last season: he showed a great attitude, playing in a few different positions when he first joined us, then established himself in that right midfield position.

He's got a few good attributes and he's a hard-working lad, so I'm pleased that he's agreed to sign again for next season.

And last, but certainly not least, Jones’ last deal of the day saw a new face arrive at the club. We are delighted that Daniel Rowe has joined the club after a spell at Hemel Hempstead and Braintree in 2018/19.

He comes recommended, as explained by the City boss:

Daniel is another wide player and has been on the books at Leicester City and QPR as a pro. He was at Braintree Town last year but spent the last few months of the season on loan at Hemel Hempstead Town, so he comes recommended!

He's got a lot of pace and ability on the ball which allow him to get past people, and works very hard as well.

After a busy few days, Mark Jones has said to not expect too much in the next few days:

Overall I'm really pleased with the work we've done this week. We don't envisage any further signings this week, but we'll continue working to improve the squad over the coming weeks.

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