Ruffels signs long-term contract at Oxford United

Witney Gazette: Ruffels signs long-term contract at Oxford United Ruffels signs long-term contract at Oxford United

JOSH Ruffels has signed a new contract which could keep him at Oxford United until 2018.

The 20-year-old was due to become a free agent this summer, but he has now put pen to paper on a two-year deal, with the U’s retaining an option on a further two seasons.

U's head coach Gary Waddock said: "I am a firm believer in giving good young players a chance and I think the fans really get behind them, particularly if they are local lads.

"Josh has played every game for me so far and done really well this season.

"He works hard at his game and has a very bright future ahead.

"I am delighted that his future will be at Oxford United.”

Ruffels, from Kidlington, has been the biggest success story from the inaugural season of Oxford United’s development squad.

The midfielder has been a regular since November, making 31 appearances so far this season and has started the last seven games.

Ruffels played in United’s youth set-up before joining Coventry City at under eight level.

He came all the way through the Sky Blues academy, making two first-team appearances, but was released last summer, leading to a trial back at United.

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4:47pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Open your eyes says...

Excellent, well done Oxford United. Well done Josh Ruffels.
Excellent, well done Oxford United. Well done Josh Ruffels. Open your eyes
  • Score: 9

4:53pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Adastral Yellow says...

This is very good news! Just wondering what happened to the "there will be no new contract talks until........." line??? What about Beano?
This is very good news! Just wondering what happened to the "there will be no new contract talks until........." line??? What about Beano? Adastral Yellow
  • Score: 8

8:47pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Richard Wickson says...

Adastral Yellow wrote:
This is very good news! Just wondering what happened to the "there will be no new contract talks until........." line??? What about Beano?
Could be that other, bigger clubs were showing an interest in Ruffels so the club acted quickly. I think that Waddock is right to hold on to the end of the season with the majority of players though. As for Beano also known as James Constable then I personally think it should be thank you and Goodbye! That's just my opinion.
[quote][p][bold]Adastral Yellow[/bold] wrote: This is very good news! Just wondering what happened to the "there will be no new contract talks until........." line??? What about Beano?[/p][/quote]Could be that other, bigger clubs were showing an interest in Ruffels so the club acted quickly. I think that Waddock is right to hold on to the end of the season with the majority of players though. As for Beano also known as James Constable then I personally think it should be thank you and Goodbye! That's just my opinion. Richard Wickson
  • Score: -1

10:53pm Thu 17 Apr 14

87oufc says...

Thank Buddha we've kept at least one good youngster. I often wince when I catch Whitehead or Blackstock on the rare occurrences that I watch overpaid primadonna's on Match of the Day.
Thank Buddha we've kept at least one good youngster. I often wince when I catch Whitehead or Blackstock on the rare occurrences that I watch overpaid primadonna's on Match of the Day. 87oufc
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