WAD­DOCK KEEPS RUF­FELS WITH U’S

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO RESULTS -

OX­FORD boss Gary Wad­dock says he will con­tinue to give home­grown talent a chance to shine af­ter sign­ing Josh Ruf­fels to a new con­tract.

The 20-year-old mid­fielder, who has made more than 30 ap­pear­ances this sea­son, signed a long-term deal this week and Wad­dock thinks U’s fans will ap­pre­ci­ate his pol­icy of blood­ing young­sters.

“He works hard at his game and has a very bright fu­ture ahead – I’m de­lighted that his fu­ture will be at Ox­ford United,” Wad­dock said.

“I’m a firm be­liever in giv­ing good young play­ers a chance and I think the fans re­ally get be­hind them, par­tic­u­larly if they are lo­cal lads.”

Ruf­fels’ con­tract could see him re­main at the Kas­sam Sta­dium un­til 2018 af­ter he re­joined his home­town club from Coven­try last sum­mer.

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