June 25, 2024

Oxford United are in talks with League One play-off final goalscorer Josh Murphy over a new contract.

The 29-year-old scored both the U’s goals in the 2-0 win over Bolton Wanderers last week that secured promotion to the Championship.

Murphy, whose deal runs out in the summer, had struggled after his move from Norwich City in 2022 but was reinvigorated when Des Buckingham took over as head coach in November.

He scored six league goals before his match-winning performance at Wembley.

Defender Joe Bennett and midfielder Josh McEachran are also in talks over new deals.

The U’s have triggered one-year contract extensions for Marcus McGuane and Josh Johnson

But long-serving midfielder James Henry is one of four players being released.

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