Oxford have snapped up striker Deane Smalley after he rejected a new contract at Oldham.

Smalley, whose Latics deal was set to expire this summer, has signed a two-year agreement at the Kassam Stadium, with the option of a third, for an undisclosed compensation fee.

The 22-year-old enjoyed a fruitful loan spell with League Two champions Chesterfield last season in which he scored 12 goals in 29 appearances.


 

U's manager Chris Wilder told the club`s official website: "We have beaten off stiff competition for Deane`s signature and there will be a lot of disappointed clubs knowing we have signed him.

"Deane is a player we have tracked thoroughly for the past five months. We have monitored his progression since coming through the youth ranks at Oldham."

Smalley added: "There were some other clubs interested in me but as soon as I came here Oxford United stood out for me with their ambition and fantastic fanbase. I spoke to the manager and chairman and they showed me the set-up and I was very impressed."

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