FOOTBALL: Oxford City boss Ford hoping to keep his star players
9:20am Friday 11th May 2012 in npower League Two Table & Results
Oxford City boss Mike Ford says he will do all he can to retain the services of keeper Jason Mooney and striker Aaron Woodley, but admits it could be tough.
They were part of the City side that clinched promotion from the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division with a thrilling 4-2 victory over AFC Totton.
Ford knows he could face competition from other clubs for the duo as he sits down to discuss theirs and the rest of the squad’s plans for next season.
Mooney, 22, was due to return to Wycombe Wanderers, where he was a first-year professional, after completing a season-long loan at Court Place Farm, but was released by manager Gary Waddock following their relegation to npower League Two.
“I was surprised Jason was released by Wycombe, because I think he is good enough to be their No 2 at that level,” said Ford.
“He now needs to find himself a new job and Aaron is at a stage in his career where he needs to be playing football on a regular basis, whether it’s here or somewhere else.
“They will be difficult to keep, because both will be much sought-after.”
However, Ford admits City’s elevation has made them a more attractive proposition for potential players.
He said: “We’ve already had a few emails, from home and abroad, from clubs asking about sending players to us.
“Senior clubs are more willing to loan players out to Confer-ence clubs than Southern League ones.”
The manager stressed his existing players will be given every chance to impress when they start their preparations for the new season.
“The players that have got us here will all get a go in pre-season,” he said.
City are hoping to add Premier League new boys Reading to their list of pre-season friendlies along with Oxford United, who visit Court Place Farm on Tuesday, July 17 (7.45pm).