Former West Ham striker trains with Oxford United

Former West Ham and Bristol City striker Nicky Maynard is training with Oxford United, according to the Oxford Mail.

The 31-year old is a free agent after leaving Aberdeen in the summer, but has suffered injury problems later in his career.

Maynard has 101 goals from his 326 senior matches, but last finished in double figures eight years ago at Ashton Gate. He hit 20 in 2009/10, but has since seen his career falter with spells at MK Dons and Wigan.

He left Bristol City for West Ham for an undisclosed fee, but the move didn’t work out.

Oxford boss Karl Robinson said: “Nicky is not doing much at the moment and he’s someone I know. He’s had two bad years in some ways with niggles and little injuries. But we have the facilities now to allow these things to come into fruition and we’ve got another player coming in from France, so we will see where that takes us. We’re always looking to strengthen.”

Our View

If Maynard could be brought to some level of fitness, he would be a big asset. He was once a feared and lethal striker, although those days do seem to have passed him by.

League One would offer a different challenge though and at 31, he still had plenty of years left if he can get fit.

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