Seven contract extensions at Oxford including an additional year for Duberry
Sky Bet League 2 leaders Oxford United have given new rewarded seven players with new contracts and have also announced the extension of manager Michael Duberry's stay at The Kassam Stadium.
Duberry, along with first team regulars Michael Collins, Danny Rose and Callum O'Dowda have seen their contracts, which were due to expire at the end of the season, automatically extended by the club due to clauses in their contracts that allow the manager to tie them down for an extra year without having to give them a pay rise.
This is especially pleasing for Oxford fans as Rose and O'Dowda have been in fine form and they will be delighted to keep hold of their star players for a while longer.
Other players to have had their contracts automatically extended are former Brighton striker Will Hoskins, who has perhaps surprisingly been kept out of the squad due to the fine performances of West Bromwich Albion loan star Kemar Roofe, promising Oxford academy products James Roberts and Max Crocombe and fan favourite Andy Whing, who is yet to make an appearance for The U's so far this season.
Yellows fans will also be pleased that Michael Duberry has penned a new contract extension with the club, given that he had just six months remaining on his current one.
Duberry has received praise from all over in the past few months for the performances of his team, who sit at the top of the League 2 table, clear of nearest challengers Burton Albion by ten points.
In his second spell at United (having previously played for the club under Chris Wilder), Duberry has won the Sky Bet League 2 Manager of the Month award three times in a row now and it seems that The U's have a very strong chance of promotion.
"I signed a new contract because I love the club and the fans. I thought it may have been a bit difficult with new owners to the ones that had been here when I was a player but Mark and Darryl have been fantastic. The players deserve a lot of credit and I really believe that we can exceed the expectation I set for us at the start of the season and get promoted. From there, I really feel like we can go places.
It's clear to see that we're doing well - Jonathan wouldn't have joined us if he didn't feel like we were going to carry on doing well. I'm really pleased to have signed this new contract and to have tied a few players down for a bit longer too, and I hope to be here for a long time."