Oxford United snap up former Norwich City striker Oli Johnson

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WAKEFIELD striker Oli Johnson has ended speculation over his immediate future by signing for Oxford United until the end of the season.

The former Nostell MW hitman had been training with Carlisle United following his release from Norwich City but has opted for a move to the League Two U’s.

The 24-year-old agreed a deal at the Kassam Stadium in time to make his debut as a second-half substitute in the 2-2 draw with Hereford United on Saturday.

And United boss Chris Wilder revealed Oxford beat off competition from higher-division clubs for his signature.

“Oli is an exciting prospect and he has a great chance to impress here,” he told the official Oxford website.

“He knows there are areas of his game he needs to work on but he has real talent and we look forward to working with him. I know there were five or six clubs in higher divisions chasing his signature but we are delighted that he has seen what we are building here and wants to be a part of it. It speaks volumes for the club that he wants to prove himself here.”

Johnson, a former Horbury High School pupil, revealed to Express Sport last week that he’d also held talks with Barnsley before training at Carlisle.

He’ll now spend the rest of the campaign trying to help Oxford to promotion from League Two and is expected to be part of the U’s squad to take on Burton Albion on Sunday.

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