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    Taff Ewe wrote:
    Richard Wickson wrote:
    YellowRose wrote:
    Was it more to do with only one year offered, ie security not money? BUY HIM BACK!
    He has signed a contract with Eastleigh therefore we cannot just buy him back. He's gone, he's left, get over it. And also in reply to Taff Ewe it's not big names we need, it's decent players and an attacking coach, the whole coaching thing needs looking at at this club, for far too many seasons we have had too large an injury list and also players have left the club only to achieve so much more at other clubs. Disappointed Lewis is still at the club, he really needs to go for the benefit of OU, he lives and breathes the club but doesn't actually benefit the club in my opinion, Waddock needs his own staff if he is to prove himself at this club!
    Richard, the club needs a lift big time for impetus, confidence, belief and season ticket sales. Decent players will not get any of these. We have lost someone of the caliber (if not skill) of Joey and so need to get a couple of players who will excite the fans and make other teams look at us and think "Hang on, Oxford look really strong this year!"

    I think that we have a proper goalscorer coming through in James Roberts. If given the chance he could well make a name for himself.
    and I agree fully re the attacking coach."
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'Never say never': Constable about U's return

James Constable has not ruled out a return to Oxford United in the future

James Constable has not ruled out a return to Oxford United in the future

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James Constable says he has not given up all hope of becoming Oxford United’s record goalscorer.

The 29-year-old ended a six-year spell with the U’s when joining Conference Premier side Eastleigh this week.

The striker leaves United frustratingly one-goal short of equalling the club’s all-time record of 107 goals, held by Graham Atkinson.

The landmark is all the more frustrating for Constable, whose hat-trick against Chester on August 18, 2009 is not officially counted because United’s opponents folded later that season.

But while he would have loved to have departed with the record under his belt, Constable says he has not totally accepted he will never break it.

“Never say never,” he said.

“If in a few years’ or so there is the chance to come back to Oxford, of course I would consider it if it’s the right move for me.

“I’d love to return and break the record, of course I would.

“My heart was saying that I should stay at Oxford and try to break it now, but my head was saying that I need the security for my family and that is why I came to the decision that I did.”

Constable admits he has been overwhelmed by the messages of support from United’s fans, and is hoping the club can bring them success.

The striker also revealed he turned down offers from Football League clubs in order to join Eastleigh, with a two-year deal being the clinching factor.

“I’ve seen people saying it was about money, but I could have earned a lot more by staying in the League,” he said.

“I know some will say I shouldn’t drop into the Conference again, but I am excited by the plans Eastleigh have.

“It’s very similar to when I joined Oxford from Shrewsbury – they are a club who have big hopes and I am excited to be part of it.

“I had calls from a League One club and a couple of League Two sides, but the challenge at Eastleigh really excited me.”

Meanwhile, Sean Rigg, released by Oxford at the end of last season, has signed for Sky Bet League Two rivals AFC Wimbledon.

Rigg made 85 appearances for Oxford, scoring nine goals in his two years at the Kassam Stadium.

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