Sheffield United: Blades old boy ready for U’s challenge

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Former Sheffield United striker Dave Kitson has set his sights on promotion with Oxford United after signing a two-year deal with the League Two club.

Kitson, one of five players released by United earlier this month, will officially join the U’s on July 1. The 33-year-old forward bagged 12 goals in 37 appearances in all competitions for the Blades last season. Only Nick Blackman, who move to Reading in January, hit the back of the net more times than Kitson.

“I had a number of clubs interested but the ambition and the set-up here at Oxford is excellent and there is a buzz about the club at the moment,” he said. “It is a good club with a good manager and a very good squad. Oxford is the only League Two club that I considered because at this stage in my career I am looking to be part of a successful promotion campaign.

“I am looking forward to joining up with them for pre-season, working hard, and playing my part in what I am sure will be a very exciting few years for the club.”

Oxford manager Chris Wilder said Kitson topped his summer shopping list.

The former United and Rotherham full-back said: “Dave has a proven stature and has scored goals at the top level. He is very experienced and he makes goals for other people too.

“As soon as we knew he was available, he was my number-one target for the summer. He had options in higher divisions but I think it speaks volumes for Oxford United and the way we do things here that he wanted to come and play for us.

“We have strengthened what we considered a key area for the season ahead.”