Roofe leaves the Kassam Stadium
Oxford United can confirm that striker Kemar Roofe has signed for Leeds United for an undisclosed fee.
Kemar, 23, enjoyed a fantastic season for the U’s after joining permanently from West Bromwich Albion, scoring 26 goals as United won promotion from League 2 and attracting plenty of interest from clubs in higher divisions.
Chairman Darryl Eales said: "The transfer of Kemar is bitter sweet. I am delighted for Kemar personally; he has been a pleasure to work with: consummately professional in everything he does and an outstanding team man. He leaves with our sincere thanks and very best wishes.
"Kemar's transfer is a reflection of the strength of squad we are assembling and our success on the pitch. We would prefer to keep all players but Kemar wanted to test his talent at a higher level and ultimately, once Leeds met our valuation, we would not want to stand in a player's way.
"We are serious about preparing for a strong campaign in the season ahead and will continue to enhance the squad over the next few weeks. Overall we are in great shape with a superb positive mood across the squad and we can't wait for our first friendly on Saturday."
Head Coach Michael Appleton echoed the Chairman‘s thoughts:
“Kemar has done brilliantly for us. His attitude has been spot on and he works so hard at his game that I am sure he will continue to develop and has a really bright future ahead of him.”
“It’s an exciting new chapter for me but I want to thank everyone at Oxford for making my time there so memorable. The chairman, the manager, the players and in particular the fans have been outstanding and it is a club that is always going to mean a lot to me.”