Oxford United have completed their second signing since the transfer window closed a week ago. Free agent Jeremy Balmy has joined the U’s until the end of the season after being released by Notts County earlier this campaign. Balmy is a 20 year-old French midfielder who can play in an array of different positions.
Balmy begun his career in France at Le Havre before having numerous trials in England. Notts County were the club to take a chance and signed him in August 2013. Whilst at Meadow Lane, he made just three appearances and despite signing a new contract in the summer, the club parted company with him. A trial at Brighton followed in January before U’s gaffer Michael Appleton spotted him playing in a development game for Birmingham City. After discovering he was available, Appleton moved quickly to offer Balmy a trial at the club and after a two week stint, the Frenchman has signed on at the Kassam Stadium until the end of the current season.
“He has a good attitude, has fitted in straight away and deserves the chance to impress us over a longer period.” – Michael Appleton.
Balmy, who was linked with Arsenal and Tottenham during his teenage years, is likely to provide vital cover across the attacking midfield and wide positions. He could be in the squad for the first time as United travel to Accrington Stanley tomorrow night, looking to carry on from Saturday’s impressive display against Luton Town.
In other news from the Kassam Stadium, Chief Executive Mark Ashton confirmed the club are looking at offering a new contract to highly talented youngster, Callum O’Dowda. The 19 year-old has featured 28 times so far this season, scoring 3 goals and Ashton said:
“Callum’s in a good vein of form, he’s got this year and next year to run on his contract but we’re in ongoing discussions and we’d love to extend that.”
Finally, the Shields Gazette is reporting that John Campbell could return to Oxford United. The striker, who originally joined the club in November on a loan deal from Jarrow Roofing, returned to the North-East after the two clubs couldn’t come to an agreement about a permanent transfer with United wanting to extend the loan until the end of the season. It now seems that Jarrow could be happy to allow this to happen and the player is expected to travel back to Oxfordshire on Tuesday. However, his return to Tyneside may have alerted other clubs with York City and Fleetwood Town having shown an interest prior to Campbell’s first move to Oxford.