Struggling Oxford City have taken Jonny Giles, James Roberts and Josh Ashby from League One neighbours Oxford United on loan.

Roberts and Ashby will be with City until the turn of the New Year, while Giles` deal runs until December 7th.1217534472 400x400

Giles was a late entrant to the competitive game of football. An extremely able student, he read physics at Durham University, graduating in the summer of 2015.

While at Durham, Giles excelled for the university’s first-team during all three years. An attacking winger with great delivery, dribbling skills and a sublime left foot, his student form prompted local Ebac Northern League side Durham City AFC to sign him for his first senior men’s football.

Towards the end of his final year of university, Giles played for former England cricketer Steve Harmison’s Ashington AFC.

Upon graduating and returning to his home in Windsor, Giles decided to try to turn professional, which would prove a remarkable feat given his lack of football history, and in September, aged 21, he signed for United.

Despite not yet featuring for the first-team, Giles’ development did not go unnoticed and manager Michael Appleton moved to award him an improved, eighteen-month contract in January 2016.

And later that month, he joined National League side Southport on loan and made four appearances during February before being re-called to Oxford at the end of the month and during the Easter weekend in March, was an unused substitute for Oxford in League Two on two occasions.

Born in Stoke Mandeville, Roberts joined Oxford from Wycombe Wanderers when he was 16 and immediately impressed everyone with his goalscoring exploits.

He was leading scorer for the youth team and it came as little surprise when he was offered a professional contract in May 2014.

He marked his senior debut with two goals in the FA Cup at Grimsby Town and scored the club’s goal of the season in 2014/15 with a spectacular effort at Plymouth.

He has totalled twenty-five senior appearances for the U`s, scoring 3 goals, and has also spent time out on loan with Chester FC and Barnet as well as City last season, when he made four appearances in January.

An Oxford-born midfielder, Ashby came up through the youth ranks at United.

He scored in every round of the club’s FA Youth Cup run to the fourth round in 2013/14 and in February 2014 he signed a long-term contract which could see him stay at the club for five years.

He made his first-team debut against Exeter City in January 2015 but has made only one other since, although he has spent time out on loan with AFC Telford United and Brackley Town.


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