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Saturday 31 Jul 2021
Gavin Whyte returns to Oxford on loan

Northern Ireland international Gavin Whyte has returned to his former club Oxford United on a season-long loan from Cardiff City.

The 25-year-old previously joined the League One side from Crusaders on a three-year deal in the summer of 2018, scoring nine goals in 47 appearances for the club before earning a move to Cardiff 12 months later.

Last term Whyte, who has scored three goals in 19 appearances for Northern Ireland, enjoyed a six-month loan spell with Grant McCann’s Hull City, helping the Tigers win automatic promotion from League One.

Speaking of his return to the Kassam Stadium, Whyte said: “It’s a great club and obviously I enjoyed my time here before. The gaffer was great with me then and we have the bulk of the same squad, so hopefully we are in contention at the top of the table again.

“I am ambitious,” added Whyte, who won three Irish League titles with Crusaders. “I want to be part of a team chasing promotion again and the fans were a big part of my decision, too. They will be back for the first game and I can’t wait to get out there in front of them again.”

“We are absolutely thrilled to get it done,” Oxford United boss Karl Robinson told the club website. “We think the world of Gav and we know the fans at Oxford love him, too.

“I hope they are as excited as we are to have him back. The Board have been excellent and backed what we are trying to do.

“When a player of Gavin’s quality becomes available and wants to come here then you take that because you know what a threat he is going to be to opposition defences.”