Oxford United have completed the signing of centre-back Rob Dickie from local rivals Reading.
The defender pens a two-and-a-half year deal at the Kassam Stadium as Pep Clotet looks to push his side closer to the play-offs.
Dickie spent the first half of the 2017/2018 season on loan at SkyBet League Two new boys Lincoln City and has impressed in red and white.
Prior to his time at Sincil Bank, Dickie spent time at Cheltenham Town where he was able to pick up a winner’s medal as Gary Johnson’s men stormed to the National League table.
“Rob is a very hungry young player who we have been monitoring for a while now. He is strong, has a fantastic attitude and good technical and physical attributes. We are delighted that he has chosen to join us.
“He’s played around 100 games across three different leagues despite his age, and at 21 we believe that he will continue to develop as a player and we think he will be a very positive asset for us.”
Dickie had previously represented England at both Under-18 and Under-19 level with his last cap coming back in March 2015.
Dickie was delighted to join Oxford, he spoke about how relieved he was that the deal went through:
“I have loved my time at Reading and at Lincoln this season but this is a fantastic opportunity for me. Oxford have a reputation for playing good football and everyone knows about the potential at the club so I can’t wait to join training for the first time and get involved.”
Dickie also spoke to local press about how thankful he was for Danny Cowley’s trust in him for the first half of the season:
“I enjoyed it with Lincoln and I have a lot to thank them for, but to join a team in League One is an opportunity I didn’t want to pass up.
“I’m looking forward to it.”