Oxford United striker Jon-Paul Pittman relishing pre-season trip

Jon-Paul Pittman

Oxford United striker Jon-Paul Pittman says the club's pre-season trip to the United States will be a great chance to build team spirit within the squad.

Oxford fly to Boston to take on Seacoast United Mariners, Seacoast United Phantoms and a Select XI.

Triallists Courtney Harris, Ryan Tafazoli and Alex Evans travel, along with new faces Sean Rigg, Jake Forster-Caskey, Lee Cox and Michael Raynes.

"Going on a trip like this helps us bond," Pittman told BBC Radio Oxford.

Pittman added: "I think team bonding just happens anyway but we're bound to have a good time.

"Whenever new players come in they are made to feel very welcome and that's the great thing about this squad.

"I remember being on trial and it's not easy, but the lads who have come in have done a good job."

For Pittman the trip is a chance to return to his place of birth, and the 25-year-old says the three games they have planned will be a huge test for them.

"It's an up and coming place for football so a lot of club's are going out there because it's more competitive now," he said.

"Teams in America are quite physical and aggressive and technically they are good and it won't be a walk in the park."

Manchester United defender Sean McGinty will remain in the UK but is expected to sign on loan when Oxford return, while Adam Chapman is the one absentee from the senior squad due to visa problems.

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