Oxford United sign Bolton full back Joe Riley on loan

Oxford United sign Bolton full back Joe Riley on loan

Oxford United sign Bolton full back Joe Riley on loan

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OXFORD United have signed Bolton Wanderers full back Joe Riley on loan until January.

The 22-year-old has played nine games for the Trotters, including three appearances in the Premier League.

Riley agreed a move over the weekend and completed a medical this morning.

His career has been hindered by a serious knee injury picked up last July, which prevented the right back from playing for the whole of last season.

But after returning to fitness earlier this year, the defender is looking forward to competing for regular football and revealed the chance to work with United head coach Michael Appleton was a factor.

Riley said: “Initially I did plan on getting back into Bolton’s team, but after having a year out injured I thought it might be difficult, so the next step is going out on loan.

“I had a couple of other options, but I was always interested in coming here.

“It’s because of the manager, I know him through a few people and everyone holds him in high regard.

“I know what a good club this is meant to be and I know they’re striving for promotion.”

Riley has played several games for Bolton in pre-season and is in line to make his U's debut at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers tomorrow night.

Appleton said: "I know he's been training since March because I'm from that neck of the woods and Bolton spoke very highly of how well he's recovered and done in training.

"There was an opportunity to take him and he brings in bundles of energy.

"In terms of the way we're going to play and be expansive he will certainly be someone we can use." 

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11:13am Mon 28 Jul 14

87oufc says...

Out of interest I'd like to know MA policy on loans. Would this count towards the player count target? What happens come January?
Out of interest I'd like to know MA policy on loans. Would this count towards the player count target? What happens come January? 87oufc
  • Score: -5

12:02pm Mon 28 Jul 14

johnnylyle says...

Looks like good business to me. Can we have some strikers now please?
Looks like good business to me. Can we have some strikers now please? johnnylyle
  • Score: 20

12:02pm Mon 28 Jul 14

AylesburyOx says...

87oufc wrote:
Out of interest I'd like to know MA policy on loans. Would this count towards the player count target? What happens come January?
It's my belief that although MA is far from 'panic buying' he was left with a bare bones squad and limited time to get people in.
MA has also stated that he was shocked at the state of the clubs recruitment policy and networking, so it would be my assumption that January will be our time to bring permanent signings in.

Welcome to the club Joe Riley - wear that yellow shirt with pride and we'll all get along famously
[quote][p][bold]87oufc[/bold] wrote: Out of interest I'd like to know MA policy on loans. Would this count towards the player count target? What happens come January?[/p][/quote]It's my belief that although MA is far from 'panic buying' he was left with a bare bones squad and limited time to get people in. MA has also stated that he was shocked at the state of the clubs recruitment policy and networking, so it would be my assumption that January will be our time to bring permanent signings in. Welcome to the club Joe Riley - wear that yellow shirt with pride and we'll all get along famously AylesburyOx
  • Score: 30

12:43pm Mon 28 Jul 14

remberingthe80s says...

AylesburyOx wrote:
87oufc wrote:
Out of interest I'd like to know MA policy on loans. Would this count towards the player count target? What happens come January?
It's my belief that although MA is far from 'panic buying' he was left with a bare bones squad and limited time to get people in.
MA has also stated that he was shocked at the state of the clubs recruitment policy and networking, so it would be my assumption that January will be our time to bring permanent signings in.

Welcome to the club Joe Riley - wear that yellow shirt with pride and we'll all get along famously
agreed, but this club all contacts after the sale of dean Saunders many years ago, the club has been in the rubbish for a long time. Jim smith had contacts but really left the game, so that stopped and we were only getting people form the south of England, until me wilder came and he didn't have many contacts and they were expensive, but knew a good player when he saw one
[quote][p][bold]AylesburyOx[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]87oufc[/bold] wrote: Out of interest I'd like to know MA policy on loans. Would this count towards the player count target? What happens come January?[/p][/quote]It's my belief that although MA is far from 'panic buying' he was left with a bare bones squad and limited time to get people in. MA has also stated that he was shocked at the state of the clubs recruitment policy and networking, so it would be my assumption that January will be our time to bring permanent signings in. Welcome to the club Joe Riley - wear that yellow shirt with pride and we'll all get along famously[/p][/quote]agreed, but this club all contacts after the sale of dean Saunders many years ago, the club has been in the rubbish for a long time. Jim smith had contacts but really left the game, so that stopped and we were only getting people form the south of England, until me wilder came and he didn't have many contacts and they were expensive, but knew a good player when he saw one remberingthe80s
  • Score: -15

1:19pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Bumble08 says...

Excellent signing in my eyes, i know we desperately need strikers but it's so good to see someone that has money to spend but isn't wasting it on panic acquisitions. I for one would rather use the youthful strikers at the club than go out a pay huge money for somebody that isn't any better...

Right back was a weak area last year, bless David Hunt for trying but he is not a right back. So for me this is an area that needed looking at as well. Seem to be doing things the right way at the club which hasn't happened for a long time!

Onwards and upwards... See you all tomorrow night...
Excellent signing in my eyes, i know we desperately need strikers but it's so good to see someone that has money to spend but isn't wasting it on panic acquisitions. I for one would rather use the youthful strikers at the club than go out a pay huge money for somebody that isn't any better... Right back was a weak area last year, bless David Hunt for trying but he is not a right back. So for me this is an area that needed looking at as well. Seem to be doing things the right way at the club which hasn't happened for a long time! Onwards and upwards... See you all tomorrow night... Bumble08
  • Score: 27

2:01pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Benkiu says...

"Riley started his professional career at Bolton Wanderers, regularly playing in the reserve side. A product of the youth system, he made his competitive debut in the League Cup tie at home to Macclesfield Town on 24 August 2011. Riley went on to make his Premier League debut at right-back in a 5–0 victory over Stoke City at the Reebok Stadium on 6 November 2011. He received a standing ovation by the Bolton fans when substituted late in the game. After starting the next game against West Brom, Riley suffered a hamstring injury; disrupting the start to his debut season. He returned in the FA Cup match against Macclesfield on 7 January 2012.

On 23 February, both Riley and Michael O'Halloran signed new three and a half year contracts, committing them to the club until the summer of 2015. Riley spent most of the 2012/13 season injured and all of the 2013/14 season injured."

Good luck to the kid. Stay fit.
"Riley started his professional career at Bolton Wanderers, regularly playing in the reserve side. A product of the youth system, he made his competitive debut in the League Cup tie at home to Macclesfield Town on 24 August 2011.[2] Riley went on to make his Premier League debut at right-back in a 5–0 victory over Stoke City at the Reebok Stadium on 6 November 2011. He received a standing ovation by the Bolton fans when substituted late in the game.[3] After starting the next game against West Brom, Riley suffered a hamstring injury;[4] disrupting the start to his debut season. He returned in the FA Cup match against Macclesfield on 7 January 2012. On 23 February, both Riley and Michael O'Halloran signed new three and a half year contracts, committing them to the club until the summer of 2015.[5] Riley spent most of the 2012/13 season injured and all of the 2013/14 season injured." Good luck to the kid. Stay fit. Benkiu
  • Score: 13

2:42pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Jim Riley says...

Joe Riley Is A Tremendously Talented Right Back, He Will Do A Great Job For United. The Deal Is Fantastic For Joe And Oxford United.
Joe Riley Is A Tremendously Talented Right Back, He Will Do A Great Job For United. The Deal Is Fantastic For Joe And Oxford United. Jim Riley
  • Score: 17

2:47pm Mon 28 Jul 14

35 year fan says...

Jim Riley wrote:
Joe Riley Is A Tremendously Talented Right Back, He Will Do A Great Job For United. The Deal Is Fantastic For Joe And Oxford United.
thanks Dad :)

we sure need decent fullbacks so thumbs up on this from me.
[quote][p][bold]Jim Riley[/bold] wrote: Joe Riley Is A Tremendously Talented Right Back, He Will Do A Great Job For United. The Deal Is Fantastic For Joe And Oxford United.[/p][/quote]thanks Dad :) we sure need decent fullbacks so thumbs up on this from me. 35 year fan
  • Score: 10

5:42pm Mon 28 Jul 14

kiddyboy says...

Whos place is he gonna take?
Whos place is he gonna take? kiddyboy
  • Score: -4

9:16pm Mon 28 Jul 14

CHINNOR YELLOWS says...

Good signing, but let's get the strikers in.
Good signing, but let's get the strikers in. CHINNOR YELLOWS
  • Score: 3

12:27am Tue 29 Jul 14

Benkiu says...

kiddyboy wrote:
Whos place is he gonna take?
Hunt
[quote][p][bold]kiddyboy[/bold] wrote: Whos place is he gonna take?[/p][/quote]Hunt Benkiu
  • Score: 2

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