Kitson weighs up his options

Bicester Advertiser: United striker Dave Kitson, pictured in action during Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Northampton Town, will have talks with manager Gary Waddock this week to determine his future at the club United striker Dave Kitson, pictured in action during Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Northampton Town, will have talks with manager Gary Waddock this week to determine his future at the club

The sting of missing out on the play-offs with Oxford United could spur Dave Kitson to put off retirement, providing he is able to make a contribution.

Last month, the 34-year-old revealed he was considering hanging up his boots this summer.

But the former Premier League striker has another year left on his contract with the U’s and may yet play on after the side collapsed to finish eighth in Sky Bet League Two.

Speaking after Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Northampton Town, he said: “I think when the season finishes like that it leaves a really bad taste in the mouth.

“It’s really disappointing and indicative of where our results have been.

“It’s not good enough and as a professional and someone who wants to win, it just makes you want to come back and try harder.”

Like all United’s players, Kitson will sit down with head coach Gary Waddock this week to discuss his future.

Despite missing games through suspension and injury this season, he still made 36 appearances, scoring four goals.

The experienced forward will take time to weigh up the decision, but would only want to continue if both he and the club believed it was worthwhile.

“I’m leaning towards coming back, but on the other hand, there’s going to be some changes,” he said. “I don’t know whether I’ll be a part of that or not.”

He added: “I don’t want to be the old player on the pitch who is costing us.

“If there’s a role as a player to contribute somewhere, then that would be great.

“But more and more it’s becoming apparent I can help off the pitch as well.”

Kitson is unsure exactly what sort of off-pitch role that would be, but there is a desire to help provide guidance to United’s young players.

He added: “I just get excited by some of the talent that’s coming through.

“It’s always been like that for me, there’s nothing like seeing a really good young player coming through where you think ‘I’d like to help him try and improve’.

“I just want everyone to be as good as they can possibly be.

“When I see a player like Callum O’Dowda taking the ball down and he just skips past people – that’s really exciting.

“It’s not just Callum, we’ve got some good youngsters and it would be nice to try and help them.”

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9:27am Tue 6 May 14

Carterton Sven says...

I hope Dave Kitson stays for a further season.
One of the very few positives to come out of this season
I hope Dave Kitson stays for a further season. One of the very few positives to come out of this season Carterton Sven
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9:40am Tue 6 May 14

camden says...

The club should offer Kitson a Player/Coach role in conjunction with supporting him in obtaining his management qualifications . Bring in one or two new experienced coaches with fresh ideas, thank Wafdorf and Staddler for their service and dispense with them. The club needs fresh ideas and a emphasis on playing football, Not just oofing the ball and hoping for the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The club should offer Kitson a Player/Coach role in conjunction with supporting him in obtaining his management qualifications . Bring in one or two new experienced coaches with fresh ideas, thank Wafdorf and Staddler for their service and dispense with them. The club needs fresh ideas and a emphasis on playing football, Not just oofing the ball and hoping for the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! camden
  • Score: 9

5:28pm Tue 6 May 14

Richard Wickson says...

No no no, he mustn't be offered a further stay here as a coach, what can he offer? He doesn't score often enough and his attitude stinks, look at the way he contrived a ban over New Year and had believed he was banned for Boxing Day but his performance then showed how disappointed he was to have to play, like a lot of the Senior Players he must go!
No no no, he mustn't be offered a further stay here as a coach, what can he offer? He doesn't score often enough and his attitude stinks, look at the way he contrived a ban over New Year and had believed he was banned for Boxing Day but his performance then showed how disappointed he was to have to play, like a lot of the Senior Players he must go! Richard Wickson
  • Score: -6

6:59pm Tue 6 May 14

MiddleBartonYellow says...

Richard Wickson wrote:
No no no, he mustn't be offered a further stay here as a coach, what can he offer? He doesn't score often enough and his attitude stinks, look at the way he contrived a ban over New Year and had believed he was banned for Boxing Day but his performance then showed how disappointed he was to have to play, like a lot of the Senior Players he must go!
What a load of tripe.
[quote][p][bold]Richard Wickson[/bold] wrote: No no no, he mustn't be offered a further stay here as a coach, what can he offer? He doesn't score often enough and his attitude stinks, look at the way he contrived a ban over New Year and had believed he was banned for Boxing Day but his performance then showed how disappointed he was to have to play, like a lot of the Senior Players he must go![/p][/quote]What a load of tripe. MiddleBartonYellow
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