Deane Smalley out to impress at Oxford United

Deane Smalley
Smalley has made 105 appearances for Oldham

Oxford United striker Deane Smalley says he wants to hit the ground running when he makes his debut for the club next season.

The 22-year-old, who signed from Oldham last Friday, spent most of last season on loan at League Two champions Chesterfield, scoring 12 goals in 39.

"I'm here to score goals and I will try to score as many as I can," Smalley told BBC Oxford.

"It's about results and hopefully I can help the team improve next season."

Smalley continued: "I moved down here so I can solely concentrate on football. Hopefully being on my own will help me and I can settle in and do well next season."

Meanwhile, Oxford have appointed Malcolm Crosby as head of football development.

The 56-year-old, who left his post as Northampton Town assistant manager at the end of last season, had a brief stint as U's caretaker boss from 1997-98.

"Bringing in Malcolm shows our intent to improve and develop our scouting and recruitment," said U's boss Chris Wilder.

"We have made some improvements to the process but bringing in Malcolm to oversee this process is a major step forward.

"To have someone with Malcolm's experience and knowledge can be only beneficial."

Crosby has held managerial positions at Derby County, Middlesbrough and Sunderland, who he led to the FA Cup final as caretaker manager in 1992.

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