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James Golding Signs Pro Deal

Young defender steps up with the U's

23 March 2022

Defender James Golding has become the latest successful graduate from the Oxford United Academy, signing his first professional contract with the U’s.

James, 17, joined the U’s on a two-year scholarship back in 2020 and made his senior debut against Tottenham Hotspur in the Papa John’s Trophy earlier in the season. After a successful loan at Banbury James returned to act as cover for the First Team and has made a big impression as Academy Manager Dan Harris told us:

“James fully deserves his opportunity and it’s a really proud moment for all of us to see him turn professional. He is a very impressive young man, really disciplined and determined as well as being a terrific prospect on the pitch. The last two years have been a massive test for all of our players, in every age group, with training and matches affected by covid but James is a fantastic example of what you can achieve if you have the work ethic to match the natural ability.”

James told us

“I am so proud and want to thank my family and all the coaches who have got me here, but I hope this is only the start. I have dreamed of being a footballer since I first got spotted doing keepy-ups at eight years old and now I have to make the most of my opportunity.

"I think the plan is to go out and play on loan for the rest of the season and then I will come back in pre-season and I hope start repaying the faith that everyone at the club has shown in me.”

Karl Robinson added:

“James is a decent size, good with the ball at his feet and reads the game well. He is learning all the time and it has been a pleasure to see him develop over the last year or two. Now we look forward to working with him closer up day-to day and hopefully playing our part in him continuing to develop as a footballer.”

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