Marvin Johnson has this afternoon completed his move to Middlesbrough.
The former Kidderminster Harriers winger, 26, joined the U’s from Motherwell on Deadline Day last year and made 47 starts and eight sub appearances for the U’s, scoring seven times. He joins Boro for an undisclosed fee.
Chairman Darryl Eales remarked;
"The last couple of weeks have undoubtedly been challenging. Pep would have very much liked to have retained Marvin and this was made clear to the player but it became increasingly evident that Marvin saw his future elsewhere.
"Our team based and collective culture is the foundation of our progress and it is essential that every member of the squad is 100% committed to our cause.
"On this basis, the overriding requirement was securing a deal which is beneficial to the club and supports the sustainable growth in the playing budget and the strengthening of the squad. The deal agreed with Middlesborough, who conducted negotiations in exemplary fashion, was highly attractive and met all the above criteria.
"The challenge now is to use the extra funds wisely in this and subsequent windows. We have an excellent recruitment team and I am confident that Pep and the team will achieve this objective.
"Overall, we have a the strongest squad under my tenure and can look forward to continuing our positive start to the season."