RYAN Ledson reaffirmed his commitment to Oxford United as a month of transfer speculation was put to bed with a superb performance capped by a stunning late winner.

The midfielder slotted in from the edge of the penalty area to complete a dramatic 3-2 victory at Charlton Athletic on Saturday.

It sparked delirious scenes behind the goal among the almost 1,400-strong travelling support, who will have feared Ledson would not be seen again in yellow.

Preston North End had two bids for the 20-year-old turned down before the window shut last week.

But Ledson denied reports he submitted a transfer request and after a tough few days, admitted getting back on the pitch was a release.

He said: “I’ll give 110 per cent every time I go on the pitch for Oxford – there will never be anyone who can doubt me for that.

“It was a relief to get back on the pitch, that’s all I love doing.

“With all the speculation it is tough.

“I love the club. It’s given me an opportunity to come and play football and I can never thank them enough for that.”

He added: “People can speculate and nobody knows what’s really gone on.

“There’s no denying bids came in, but if Oxford don’t want to sell me for £1million that’s up to them.”

The former Everton trainee was not the only player linked with a move away, but Simon Eastwood and Joe Rothwell also started and contributed to a morale-boosting victory.

And Ledson was quick to dedicate his match-winning strike to the travelling fans.

“Honestly, it meant everything,” he said.

“They come in their numbers and pay their hard-earned money.

“They’ve been through a tough time with the likes of me, Si and Roths not knowing if we were staying or going. That was for them.”

Caretaker boss Derek Fazackerley had said he would assess the trio’s mental state before deciding if they were ready to play, but he need not have worried.

He said: “I thought they were outstanding.

“In one or two places around the country this season players have spat their dummy out and gone missing for a few days.

“But to be fair to the players involved at our club, they’ve rolled up their sleeves, put on the shirt and performed for us.

“It shows they care not only for the club, but they care for their fellow professionals and don’t want to let their teammates down.”