The board of Banbury United have announced the signing of striker Conor McDonagh, who was recently released from Conference South side Oxford City.

United manager Mike Ford was quick to move for McDonagh in the wake of the imminent banburydeparture of Felipe Barcelos to university and said “I’m very pleased to bring in a proven striker such as Conor who has scored goals at every club he’s played for and I’m sure this will continue with us. He has plenty of experience playing at a higher level as well and I’m delighted to get him into the club”

With Felipe Barcelos announcing his intentions to leave the club, Ford was able to utilise finance from the Spencer Villa Fund, contributed to by supporters, to make the signing happen.

Conor was delighted to be joining and commented “I’m buzzing to get started to be honest. Banbury’s a club on the up and the chance to play in front of the fans here was a big lure for me. It’s a professional set up with a good manager and I’m sure I can help the team build on last season’s success.”

United Commercial Director Mark Allitt also commented on the news and said “It’s been a great shame to lose Felipe but obviously this opened up the funds to move for Conor. I’m sure Conor will be looking to get off the mark as soon as possible and I can only thank the Spencer Villa Fund contributors again for their fantastic support”

The 23 year-old striker was originally with Oxford United, completing his scholarship with them before joining Oxford City in the summer of 2011, playing primarily for the City Nomads side in the Hellenic League.

He moved to Witney Town for the start of season 2012/13 before joining Southern League North Leigh in December 2012, establishing himself at the higher level over the course of the next eighteen months. Moving away from the area he spent season 2014/15 with Northern Premier League side Ossett Albion though he also played some games for Thame United that season.

On his return to Oxfordshire he joined Didcot Town at the start of season 2015/16 but moved up two levels to Conference South side Oxford City in September 2015, making 34 first team appearances for them last season. With the recent arrival at Court Place Farm of a number of loan players from Oxford United, he was released by Oxford City earlier this week.

Conor will go straight into the squad for tomorrow’s FA Cup game at Cirencester Town.

Source: Banbury United FC

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