The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO RESULTS -

THE trans­for­ma­tion from fan to player is a jour­ney that most would love to take – but Ox­ford United’s Callum O’Dowda is ac­tu­ally liv­ing that dream.

The ver­sa­tile 19-yearold, who can play in mid­field or up front, pro­gressed through his home­town club’s cen­tre of ex­cel­lence be­fore grab­bing his first goal for the U’s against Ex­eter ear­lier this month.

And O’Dowda ad­mits that some­times he can barely be­lieve how quickly he has gone from chant­ing along with his fel­low fans in the stands to hear­ing his own name ring­ing around the Kas­sam.

“When I joined the club, I was eight and watched the games week-in, week-out,” said O’Dowda.

“It’s spe­cial to be part of it. If I wasn’t play­ing, I’d be watch­ing. To get on the pitch is bril­liant.

“I’ve grown since I've got in the team, I’m more con­fi­dent – hope­fully now I can keep it go­ing and progress.”

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