Defender Michael Duberry signs for Oxford United

Michael Duberry

Duberry featured on 39 occasions for St Johnstone this season

Defender Michael Duberry has joined League Two club Oxford United on a two-year deal.

The 35-year old left Scottish Premier League side St Johnstone at the end of the season, eyeing a move to England in order to be closer to his family.

U's manager Chris Wilder said: "Michael is an extremely experienced and accomplished defender who has played at the very highest levels of the game.

"He's a leader, a talker, a safe player and the sort of person we need."

Duberry began his career in the Premier League with Chelsea and moved to Leeds in July 1999 for £4.5m. He went on to join Stoke City, where he played 102 games before spells at Reading and Wycombe, prior to his St Johnstone switch in February 2010.

"He fits the bill for us and his enthusiasm and desire to finish his career on a high is evident," Wilder continued. "He played a full season in the SPL against the likes of Rangers and Celtic and had an outstanding season."

Duberry added: "It's an exciting time for me and Oxford United and it will be a new challenge for me.

"I have spoken to the manager at length and the ambition of the club is exceptional and I want to be part of it. We're looking to push on, do better and move the club forward."

Meanwhile, Oxford have become one of only 30 clubs to be granted a Football Association licence to run a girls' centre of excellence for the 2011/12 season.

Chairman Kevin Thomas said: "We are delighted that the FA has recognised the hard work done by the staff - we are grateful to be able to continue developing the game across Oxfordshire."