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Ryan Williams Rejoins Oxford United

U's to sign winger for second time

9 June 2021

Oxford United are pleased to welcome Ryan Williams back to the club.

The winger has agreed to join from Portsmouth on a two-year deal.

Ryan, 27, is no stranger to the Kassam Stadium; he joined Oxford from Fulham on a youth loan in August 2013, scoring eight goals in 42 appearances in his first spell with the U’s, having made his debut against Portsmouth.

After returning to Fulham, Ryan had a loan spell at Barnsley before joining the Tykes permanently, where he won promotion from League One and made 16 appearances in the Championship. He later played for Rotherham United, where he again won promotion from League One, playing 39 Championship games before returning to Portsmouth in June 2019.

He told us

“I am really happy to be back at Oxford. It’s a very different place now to when I arrived: the training ground, the squad, and the way the whole club is set up. They have gone so close to winning promotion in both of the last two seasons and they have done that by playing attacking football which I think is really going to suit me. I don’t mind my share of the hard work and I can’t wait to get back and start pre-season now.”

Karl Robinson told us

“Oxford fans will remember him as an exciting young winger and he still has that pace and energy but there is a maturity to his game now as well. He has won promotion out of this league before and we think there is still more to come from him so we look forward to working with him.”

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