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Gatlin O'Donkor Signs Pro Deal

Striker steps up from the Academy

1 August 2022

Oxford United’s exciting young forward Gatlin O’Donkor has signed his first ever professional contract with the club.

The deal, two years with an option for a further year, sees O’Donkor staying with the U’s until at least 2024.

Gatlin, 17, has been a prolific scorer for the U’s as an Academy player and was on the bench for the first team at Pride Park on Saturday.

“That was an amazing experience,” he told us. “Obviously making my senior debut last season was a very proud moment, but to be part of it on Saturday and to see those Oxford fans cheering the team on in a 30,000 crowd just made me want more days like that.

“I have worked hard to get to this stage and I won’t stop working. It’s great that the club has faith in me, and I want to keep improving, keep learning and show that they made the right decision.”

Karl Robinson said:

“He’s a very humble young man but he also has that determination that you need as a striker. He is very strong, he is a good finisher, and he has scored goals at every level so far. He deserves to be in and around the first team and we think that is going to help him develop even further.”

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