AtTheMatch are delighted to announce client James Fawke has signed for National League South side Oxford City.
The 23-year-old central defender joins Oxford following strong interest from other clubs with the management duo of Justin Merritt and Danny Nicholls keen to secure a deal with the former Cheltenham Town and Bristol City player.
James, who stands at 6ft 2”, enjoyed a successful 2015/16 campaign having returned from America, as he secured the league title with Cinderford Town in the Southern League, keeping 26 clean sheets in the process.
The ball-playing centre back has experience at National League level, having played for Gloucester City as an 18-year-old in the Conference North.
“I am delighted to have signed with Oxford City. The squad that has already been put in place by the gaffer has some real quality players. I am really excited to see what we can do this season, there is some great talent in this squad and I can't wait for the season to start now to show what we can do.
“The facilities here are some of the best in the league, which I know they are constantly trying to improve. You can see that its a club on the up, who are trying to do things the right way on and off the field.
“This was an important factor for me as I know it will help me improve my game as a player. You can see that Oxford City is a club for the community which is great. Hopefully they can really get behind us for the coming season.
“Justin and Danny were very important in my decision. Both have shown me in the short time that I have been here that they aspire to play football in the right way. They have very high standards and are highly qualified as coaches, which will only help improve my overall game as a player. The fact they have a lot of coaches including Mark and Enrique as well is great.
“Everything we do in training is with the ball. I can see already the way they want to play. Dominant in possession, but using playing with a purpose to play exciting and attacking football, building out from the back and trying move through the lines to the final third as quickly as possible.
“Throughout my career as a defender playing for Chicago & Missouri we had the best defensive record in the country in consecutive 12/13, 13/14 seasons. Coming back to England and keeping the most clean sheets in non league was a great achievement. My enjoyment as a player is keeping clean sheets, I know that if we can do this the season coming at Oxford it will give us a great platform to go on and do well.
“My personal target this season is to establish myself at this level and become a key player for Oxford City. Once I have done that I can then start to think about establishing myself as the best defender in the league.
“I have worked hard this off season on parts of my game physically and technically. Being able to train week in week out now, which I wasn't able to do last season, because of work commitments will hopefully allow me to kick on and keep on improving.”Click here to stay up to date with AtTheMatch