Mark Oxley: Harrogate Town confirm contact has been made with Southend United goalkeeper

Harrogate Town manager Simon Weaver has confirmed that he has been in contact with goalkeeper Mark Oxley.

By Rhys Howell
Thursday, 27th May 2021, 7:48 am
Updated Thursday, 27th May 2021, 8:02 am
Southend United goalkeeper Mark Oxley. Pictures: Getty Images
Southend United goalkeeper Mark Oxley. Pictures: Getty Images

The 30-year-old’s contract with Southend United expires this summer and it was reported last week that the Sulphurites had spoken to the ex-Hull City stopper regarding his future plans.

According to the Southend Echo, Oxley – who has made 169 appearances since joining the Shrimpers from Hibernian in 2016 – has been offered a new deal to stay at Roots Hall, though it is unclear whether he intends to sign it.

“We have spoken to Mark Oxley because he is out of contract,” Weaver revealed to the Harrogate Advertiser.

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Harrogate Town manager Simon Weaver.

“He’s a goalkeeper whom I admire, but that is all I can say.”

Harrogate currently have two goalkeepers on their books, 30-year-old James Belshaw, who has been Weaver's first choice during his four seasons at the club, and Joe Cracknell, 26, who recently signed a new one-year deal at Wetherby Road.

But, following the release of eight out-of-contract players and the return to their parent club of five loanees, plenty of incomings are expected over the coming months.

Town completed their first bit of business of the summer transfer window on Wednesday when they confirmed the arrival of Wycombe Wanderers midfielder Alex Pattison.

The 23-year-old's capture takes the total number of senior players at Weaver's disposal heading into the 2020/21 campaign to 18.