Oxford United have completed the signing of 28-year-old striker Will Hoskins on a free transfer, according to the Club’s official website. Hoskins, who was released by Brighton in May, has signed a one year deal with Oxford holding an option to extend this for a further year if they wish.
Hoskins began his career at Rotherham United where he scored 23 times in 73 league appearances for The Millers before moving to then Premier League outfit Watford as part of a double transfer with Lee Williamson for a combined fee of £1.2m. After struggling to make much of an impact with The Hornets, Hoskins had loan spells at Millwall and Nottingham Forest before joining Bristol Rovers in the summer of 2010. 20 goals in 47 appearances for Rovers including 17 in League One saw him become a fans favourite at the Memorial Stadium but after the clubs relegation, Hoskins joined Brighton for an undisclosed fee at the end of the season.
Hoskins joined Sheffield United on loan in January 2012 after featuring just 9 times for Brighton and scoring once. An injury cut short this loan spell and Hoskins returned to Brighton, he featured a further 12 times including scoring against Newcastle United in the FA Cup before rupturing a cruciate ligament in February 2013. After being released in May 2014, Hoskins spent time on trial at Barnsley this summer but has now decided to join up with Oxford after rejecting interest from other clubs.
Chief executive Mark Ashton, who worked with Hoskins at Watford, is delighted to finally get his man. He said,
“Right at the start of that search I said to Michael that we needed ‘someone like Will Hoskins’, but we knew there was interest from a number of higher league clubs. We met Will and explained what we are looking to build here and he really believes in the way we are approaching things.”
Appleton was understandably delighted to sign the striker after seeing his side score just once in their opening four League Two games. Appleton commented,
“Will is an exciting signing for us. He has bags of experience, has scored goals throughout his career and he works ever so hard for the team. We have played well in every game so far this season but not picked up the results and I think anyone who has watched us has seen where we needed to strengthen. We have been patient in trying to find the right player and we believe that Will fits the bill perfectly.”
Hoskins is unlikely to feature as the U’s take on West Brom in the Capital One Cup tomorrow night but is expected to be in the squad for the game against Dagenham on Saturday.