Oxford United's Michael Duberry eyes first-team place

Former St Johnstone defender Michael Duberry
Duberry made 39 appearances for St Johnstone

Oxford United's latest signing Michael Duberry has warned his new team-mates he is out to compete for a starting place next season.

The ex-Chelsea defender signed a two-year deal with United on Wednesday having previously been at Scottish Premier League side St Johnstone.

"I didn't come hear to take a back seat and just do whatever," the 35-year-old told BBC Oxford.

"I've come here to play football and playing football means to start."

Duberry continued: "I've just played regular football so age is nothing but a number. I feel fit and healthy and I've got a lot of football left."

The former Bournemouth, Leeds, Stoke, Reading and Wycombe defender admits part of the decision to relocate back down to England was to be closer to his family, who did not follow him up to Scotland.

"I was away from the family for nearly 18 months and was not getting to see them for four to five weeks at a time so I was looking to come home to England," he said.

"And what [Oxford manager] Chris Wilder showed did appeal to me, plus I had the bonus of not being far from home, so all together it was something I want to be part of."

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