Durham graduate signs professional contract with Oxford United

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League Two side Oxford United have signed former DUAFC winger Jonny Giles after he impressed during a two-week trial with the Us.

The Durham University alumnus graduated in Physics in the last academic year. However his career has taken off like a rocket after he posted a highlights video of himself on YouTube.

The compilation features clips of Giles playing for National League South side Maidenhead United as a youngster. The video also features Giles in action for Ashington, who are now managed by former England fast-bowler Steve Harmison, and Durham University 1st XI.

An agent stumbled across the video on YouTube and from this, eventually arranged for Giles to have a trial with Oxford United.

Following the move, Giles told BBC Radio Oxford: “I’m hoping to learn a lot while I’m here from a really talented bunch of players.

“This is a new chapter for me. I’ve never played football professionally before so I’m going to try and develop for the first couple of months” he added.

“I think I’ll improve coming back from training every day and hopefully eventually reach new heights at this club”.

During the trial, Giles faced Southampton duo Jay Rodriguez and Juanmi in player development matches. Giles faced the forwards, who have also represented England and Spain respectively at senior level, and demonstrated enough to his current employers.

Former DUAFC Club Captain Will Legg had this to say about Giles: “He is a truly special player who fully deserves the opportunity to play professionally. I’m sure he won’t be overawed by the challenge. Everyone at the club wishes him well with his career at Oxford United.”

Giles is the second Durham graduate this year to turn professional, following Gustavo Silva who now plies his trade in Malta.

Photograph: Team Durham