Congratulations, Kemar: League Two fans have voted you the division’s best player!
Thanks! That’s brought a massive smile to my face – it shows I must be doing something right. I’ve been really happy with how things have been going this season; I’ve been able to help Oxford to a high position in the league table and I’m feeling so comfortable here. This season you’ve scored from 45 yards, bagged two against Swansea in the FA Cup and reached Wembley in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. What’s been your personal highlight? So far it’s been getting to Wembley, but it will be promotion if we can achieve that. Beating Swansea in the FA Cup was special – to score two against a Premier League team was unreal. I don’t think I realised what I’d done until a few days afterwards, seeing myself in the papers and getting loads of texts. It was a crazy week!
Was it hard to not be given a first-team appearance after coming through the system at West Bromwich Albion?
It was frustrating, because I thought I was doing good stuff but wasn’t getting rewarded with minutes. I was on loan at Oxford at the end of last season and decided to move here in the summer to pursue first-team football. It was a no-brainer. The best option was to drop down a few levels and work my way back up. I believe that I’ve got the ability to play in the Premier League; I just need to be given the opportunity to show what I can do. Do you like the fact that Oxford supporters sing ‘the Roofe is on fire’ in your honour? presumes you’ve never literally been on fire... No, I haven’t, and I wouldn’t want to be! But the chant’s nice. They’d be missing a trick if they didn’t sing that, though, wouldn’t they? Dele Alli was on the front cover of last month’s making the ‘A’ symbol with his hands, but we noticed you celebrating your goals like that quite a while ago. So who started doing it first: you or Dele? I’m not sure! I first did it when I scored my first goal for Oxford [away against Wycombe in April 2015]. It’s for my daughter, Alarnie.
FFT What’s your fascination with
I don’t have many hobbies but searching for trainers is one of them. I have probably got about 65 pairs. I have a clothing line with my brother, too. It’s going pretty well. Do I have any plans for the Oxford kit? No, I think they’ve got all of that under control!