KEMAR ROOFE

Australian Four Four Two - - GOING FOR GOLD -

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

FFT What’s your fas­ci­na­tion with

col­lect­ing train­ers?

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!

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