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  • "I think that Alfie will be like a new signing for us next season. That tackle really put the frighteners up him. He was winning games by himself at the start of the season. For his sake though he has to shake the nerves and get stuck in again, otherwise his career will be over. Mullins and Whing also missing for big part of the run in. 3 key players that Waddock could not judge properly. Add these to maybe 4 or 5 new faces and the squad will have a different feel about it.

    Further to earlier comment re the 2 development spaces freed, that is true but they have already been filled by the 3 kids being signed on. I think that some will be transfer listed. Rose did not offer enough since the beginning of the season and question Raynes.......is he good enough to be our 3rd centre back?

    I think that it is key to keep some cash back to strengthen with a big name in January."
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Newey handed United chance by Waddock

Herald Series: Tom Newey to think over offer Tom Newey to think over offer

Tom Newey has been offered an opportunity to stay at Oxford United next season following discussions with Gary Waddock.

The left back was the only senior player not to hold meetings on Thursday, but spent half an hour with the head coach at the Kassam Stadium yesterday afternoon.

Like James Constable, a new contract has been tabled for the 31-year-old, who must now weigh up his options.

Waddock said: “We’ve offered him a deal. Obviously he needs to go home and speak to his family.

“We will have another conversation next week to see where we all are with it.”

Newey was signed last summer after being released by Scunthorpe United.

Only David Hunt and Ryan Clarke started more games than the defender, who played 47 games in all competitions.

While United wait on Newey, they have received answers on contracts put to three young players.

Aidan Hawtin, part of the development squad this season, plus youth team pair James Roberts and Sam Humphreys, have agreed their first professional deals.

The trio have signed one-year contracts, with the U’s retaining an option for a further 12 months.

Hawtin said: “As soon as they told me I knew straight away I was going to take it.

“It was a little bit of a surprise because of the change of manager and you have to impress the new manager.

“Thankfully I’ve done that and earned a contract.

“It feels amazing, it’s hard to explain, but it’s what I’ve dreamt of.”

The 18-year-old from Bicester overcame two serious knee injuries while in the youth squad, and Waddock was full of praise for the way the midfielder has bounced back.

He said: “He’s had a difficult spell here but has a fantastic attitude.

“We’ve given him an opportunity to continue with his career and with the attitude he’s got he gives himself a hell of a chance of progressing.”

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