Former Charlton Athletic forward Josh Parker has extended his stay with National League new-boys Oxford City, as confirmed via a statement on the clubs website.
The 32-year-old has out pen to paper on a new contract with the club, following their promotion from the National League South, fresh off the back of finishing as the clubs top goal-scorer last season.
Who is Josh Parker?
Parker was a product of the QPR academy, enjoying a variety of different loan stints. He also left England in 2013, signing for NK Domzale & Red Star Belgrade, but left the Serbian side in 2016. This led to him returning to England with spells at Charlton, Wycombe and Burton Albion, before being released in August 2021.
After one year out, Parker signed for National League South side Oxford City in September and had a major impact with the club. He made 33 league appearances last season, scoring 17 goals, whilst also netting in the play-off final, during a 4-0 win against St. Albans City.
Oxford City gained promotion to the National League for the first time in the clubs history last season, following a thrilling season, but were forced to settle for the play-off places.
The club finished the campaign in 3rd place, picking up 21 wins and finishing on 78 points. They beat Worthing in the semi-finals, before cruising past St. Albans in the final, to achieve a club record promotion into the fifth tier.
What’s been said?
The football club released a short statement on their official website, stating…
‘Oxford City FC are delighted to announce that Josh Parker has committed his future to the club ahead of the 2023/24 season.’
Oxford City will need to keep ahold of their star-men, if they are to keep their place in the National League next season. The club gained promotion into a very open fifth tier next season, due to several ‘big’ sides like Wrexham, Notts County and Scunthorpe no longer in the division.
Parker has plenty of EFL experience and is a vital asset for the club, boosted further by the fact that he finished as the clubs top goalscorer last season.