Rob Hall has opened up about his fight for a place in Oxford United’s squad next season, claiming he’ll do whatever it takes to remain at the Kassam.
The 25-year-old has made just three appearances in an injury-hit season, returning to action this weekend as the Us drew 2-2 with promotion hopefuls Doncaster Rovers.
The former West Ham man earned England youth honours up to Under 19 level, but now finds himself fighting for his League One squad place. He’s out of contract in the summer and as yet, there’s no new deal on the table.
He’s keen to extend his stay with Karl Robinson’s side and intends to fight for his place after a horrible season.
“It has been very hard, both mentally and physically for me,” he said of his injury in the Banbury Cake.
“I have probably frustrated a lot of people at the club by being injured, but the fans have stuck by me and the team and I was just delighted to get out there and show people I am still alive.”
The Aylesbury-born defender then spoke of his love for Oxford and his intense desire to stay with the club next season.
“This is like a second home town for me. It can’t get any simpler, I want to play here. Whatever I have to do to stay, I will do that. I have already started to do a few things and that’s all I can do. It’s up to the club now.”
Hall spent his youth career at West Ham, enjoying two spells with Oxford on loan as well as going to MK Dons, Birmingham and Bolton. He later joined the Trotters permanently but spent two more spells out on loan with MK Dons before joining Oxford.
On his day, Hall is a competent and accomplished League One defender. However, with just three appearances under his belt this season, that’s something he needs to prove to manager Karl Robinson.
My gut feeling is he’ll get a deal. He’s young enough to put his injury hell behind him and has the ability to add value to Oxford next season.