Oxford United secure lengthy professional deal with Josh Ashby + VIDEO

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JOSH Ashby has signed a long-term professional contract to stay at Oxford United.

The highly-rated midfielder put pen to paper on a three-year deal, which includes the option of a further two years.

Ashby, 17, is the first member of this season's youth team to sign professional terms.

The Oxford-born talent scored in every round of United's run to the FA Youth Cup fourth round this season.

Youth team boss Chris Allen said: “Josh fully deserves his chance. He listens to advice, works hard at his game and has been outstanding for us.

"He really underlined his potential in the FA Youth Cup games against Swansea and Cardiff and he has done well when he has trained with the first team.

"We think he has a very bright future and are pleased that it will be with Oxford United.”

Watch Ashby score two penalties in United's 3-2 Youth Cup defeat to Cardiff City last month:

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12:56pm Thu 6 Feb 14

London_Ox says...

Well done Josh, great work.. Looking forward to seeing you break into the first team!
Well done Josh, great work.. Looking forward to seeing you break into the first team! London_Ox

2:37pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Taff Ewe says...

We have needed to commit to the youth for years. It's a shame Chris Wilder never wanted to bring through youngsters or even try them. It is a fantastic feeling to spend millions on a player but it is a much better feeling to bring through a superstar from the youth. There are players out there. Look at how Josh has developed by giving him a run.

You need to give these kids 30 games to see if they can make it before slinging them out of the club without kicking a ball.
We have needed to commit to the youth for years. It's a shame Chris Wilder never wanted to bring through youngsters or even try them. It is a fantastic feeling to spend millions on a player but it is a much better feeling to bring through a superstar from the youth. There are players out there. Look at how Josh has developed by giving him a run. You need to give these kids 30 games to see if they can make it before slinging them out of the club without kicking a ball. Taff Ewe

4:08pm Thu 6 Feb 14

oldun says...

The spirit of Mick Tait, Les Taylor, Kevin Brock and Andy Thomas must live on - they were good enough for higher tiers than this one - when they were Josn's age
The spirit of Mick Tait, Les Taylor, Kevin Brock and Andy Thomas must live on - they were good enough for higher tiers than this one - when they were Josn's age oldun

9:48pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Richard Wickson says...

The future of the club is it's youth, both as players and young fans coming thru, people like me were never good enough to play for the club but I have stayed faithful since I first went to the Manor aged 9 and here I am in retirement and still a fan. It's nice to see young players coming thru to play in the first team although far too few have come thru, Oldun above mentioned some that have and gets the thumbs down for it, but it's a fact some of those he mentioned were blooded at a higher level and proved that if you are good enough you will make it. The future of the club is in developing young players and keeping its young fans as well as the older ones. Although Mr Wilder got us back into League football for which I and most others are extremely grateful he didn't bring thru the youth players apart from the few that have this season, because the chairman insisted he did and he also alienated a lot of the fans. We now need someone that has an eye to bring young players into the club and bring them on and also sign a mixture of young and experienced players to develop a squad to move higher in the League. Well done Josh I look forward to seeing you score for the club.
The future of the club is it's youth, both as players and young fans coming thru, people like me were never good enough to play for the club but I have stayed faithful since I first went to the Manor aged 9 and here I am in retirement and still a fan. It's nice to see young players coming thru to play in the first team although far too few have come thru, Oldun above mentioned some that have and gets the thumbs down for it, but it's a fact some of those he mentioned were blooded at a higher level and proved that if you are good enough you will make it. The future of the club is in developing young players and keeping its young fans as well as the older ones. Although Mr Wilder got us back into League football for which I and most others are extremely grateful he didn't bring thru the youth players apart from the few that have this season, because the chairman insisted he did and he also alienated a lot of the fans. We now need someone that has an eye to bring young players into the club and bring them on and also sign a mixture of young and experienced players to develop a squad to move higher in the League. Well done Josh I look forward to seeing you score for the club. Richard Wickson

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