There was a nice surprise for midfielder Cameron Brannagan when he reported for training this morning.
Waiting for him was a splendid trophy to recognise his inclusion in the PFA League 1 Team of the Season for last season - the trophy presentation having been delayed almost 12 months due to the covid pandemic.
“It’s taken a while for the trophy to arrive but I’m really proud to have been included in the team” Cameron told us “even if I’d prefer not to look back at that season and how it ended for us.
“But I am proud to win the award and it will be nice to have the trophy to look back on in the future. It will go to my mum’s house, she looks after things like this, but I’m proud to have won it and proud to have been part of a fantastic team effort.
“I’d love to win more things like this and love to win more things with Oxford United- that’s the main priority. We are still right in the mix this season with nine games to go. We just have to win as many of those as we can and see how far that takes us. If we can keep winning, like we did the last game, then it’s still there for us.
“Sunderland will be tough on Friday but every game between now and the end of the season is going to be just as hard. But we are doing well at the moment and I am feeling a lot better about my game now.
“Things are falling into place again, I feel as good as I have for a while and I can’t wait for the rest of the games now.”