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Oxford United legend pleased with youth policy
PETER Foley has backed Oxford United’s increased emphasis on bringing through young, local players.
The Bicester-born forward was part of a cluster of Oxfordshire youngsters to get a chance in the team during the mid-1970s.
Foley went on to make more than 300 appearances for the club, scoring 90 goals.
The 57-year-old has been pleased to see the U’s attempting to do something similar with the likes of Kidlington pair Callum O’Dowda and Josh Ruffels this season.
He said: “It’s great, I think the club needs it and I think the fans like it.
“I would imagine most fans are within a 25-mile radius of Oxford and you identify with local players more.”
Foley, who still lives locally, felt it was extra special to turn out for United.
He said: “I used to watch United from the Cuckoo Lane End when I was a child.
“John Evanson was playing and I remember thinking ‘one day I want to be doing that’.
“I was very fortunate that I did.”
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