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U's Sign Three

22 May 2013

Meades joins the U's while Smalley and Davies agree new deals

Oxford United are pleased to announce their first three signings of the summer.

Jonathan Meades, a 21-year-old midfielder from Cardiff joins the club on a two-year deal while the paperwork has now been completed on the signings of Scott Davies and Deane Smalley, both on one-year contracts.

Meades, a Welsh under-21 international, came through the youth system at Cardiff City. In August 2012 he joined AFC Bournemouth after impressing on trial before a highly successful loan spell at  AFC Wimbledon last season. Meades made  26 appearances for the Dons during his loan spell, winning the club’s Young Player of the Year award at the end of the season.

He also has five Wales international caps to his name at under-17 and under-21 levels, most recently helping Wales to a 1-0 victory over Moldova in the qualifying stages of the 2015 European Championships. He can play all across the midfield or at full back.

The U's have also completed the signing of Scott Davies. The 25-year-old from Aylesbury made a big impression during his time at the Kassam Stadium last season after joining in March. The former Reading, Aldershot and Crawley midfielder is a cultured player in the middle of the park and told

"I am really pleased to have signed for Oxford. It's a great club, everyone has made me feel very welcome and I am looking forward to a successful season."

Deane Smalley has also agreed a new one-year deal with the U's. The former Oldham and Chesterfield striker took time to settle in Oxford but was starting to show his true form in the second half of last season.

"I have enjoyed my time here and feel I have more to give," he said. "I was pleased with my game last season and contribution to the team, but know I need more goals. I am confident I can add that to my game next season and can't wait to report back again."

Manager Chris Wilder was delighted with the three signings:

"Scott and Deane are good players with points to prove and are both hungry for success. Jonathan is a player who has always been very highly rated and did very well last season at this level. He is a strong  player, has a decent pedigree and we feel he will make a very positive impact here at Oxford next season."

See interviews with Jonathan, Deane and Scott in Yellow Player.

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