Oxford United looking to offload experienced defender in the summer

Oxford United are looking to offload full back Tony McMahon in the summer.

The thirty-three year old still has twelve months left on his contract, but his move from Bradford appears not to have worked out with McMahon spending the end of last season on loan at relegated Scunthorpe United.

Speaking to the Witney Gazette head coach Karl Robinson said he believed a move north would benefit all parties with the players family home still in the North East. ‘We think it’s going to be best for him to stay up north.’

‘I think it’s what he prefers for his family as well,’ he added

McMahon started only ten games for the U’s before losing his place in November and Robinson was philosophical about the situation concluding on the signing, ‘It just didn’t work.’

Scunthorpe would be an obvious destination, but the situation at the club has changed since their relegation and the appointment of new boss Paul Hurst. The experienced defender made an impressive start at Glanford Park but injuries hampered his progress, and with a new manager and a reduced wage bill it is unclear whether the Iron would still be interested,

Oxford would like to find a club to sign the right back and avoid the need to pay a settlement, which would eat into their own limited playing budget for next season and Robinson was hopeful he could find a favourable deal. He said: ‘We’ll try to get it right for all parties.’

‘You sign a contract, and you adhere to that, but at the end of the day, it’s got to be right for everyone’s welfare.’

Our View

Despite often being at times restricted by injuries, McMahon has still managed to accumulate close to four hundred career league appearances most of them at League One level.

He would make a good signing for a League Two club looking for a wise head in the dressing room.

It is also good to see his current manager taking a pragmatic approach to a signing that didn’t work out and putting the well-being of the player on the agenda.

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