Alex Gorrin Joins Oxford United

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WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND – JULY 26: Alex Gorrin of the Phoenix is tackled by Rolando Aarons of Newcastle during the Football United New Zealand Tour match between the Wellington Phoenix and Newcastle United at Westpac Stadium on July 26, 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Alex Gorrin has become the third Oxford United signing this summer, joining from Motherwell.

The Spaniard arrives on a two-year deal with an option for a 12 month extension.

Alex Gorrin Signs For Oxford United

First Senior Signing – So Far

Following youngsters Kevin Berkoe and Sam Allardyce, Gorrin becomes the first senior signing of the summer.

The former Sunderland trainee, who had also attracted interest from Aberdeen, Lech Poznan and MLS duo Toronto and Atlanta United.

However, the former Wellington Phoenix and Sepsi Sfântu Gheorghe man decided to head south from Scotland to try his hand in League One.

The 25-year-old central midfielder has told the Oxford Mail that he is excited to start.

“I’m delighted we could get it over the line.  I’m a player who likes to tackle and get the ball back and I like to play football as well. I’m really excited.

“There were a couple of interested clubs, but Oxford were there from the start. They showed a lot of interest and belief.

“I think it’s a great option for me and I think it’s the perfect place to keep improving – I’m very excited.”

Gorrin added: “I would like to keep improving as a player. I know League One is a tough division, there is a lot of quality and a lot of big teams, so I’m expecting a tough season.

“I’m mentally ready for it. I did a little bit of research on the club when I heard they were interested and I was very excited.

“It’s a great club, they’re doing things right, and they have a new training facility which is outstanding.”

The Spaniard made 20 appearances for the Well last season and arrives at the Kassam Stadium on a free transfer.

Karl Robinson on Gorrin

Robinson told the Oxford Mail: “Last season he was fantastic. Alex was the man who did all the dirty work. He’s a tough tackler, he’s aggressive, averages just under 13km a game which is phenomenal.

“He ticks a lot of our boxes. He’s a stopper, an enforcer and is a tremendous reader of the game.”

It is uncertain whether or not Oxford will re-sign Ahmed Kashi following his loan spell last season. He appeared in a photo with U’s chairman Sunrith Thanakarnjanasuth in Thailand, but Gorrin would be a like for like replacement for the Troyes midfielder.

But head coach Karl Robinson said the U’s were still in contact with the Algerian.

He added: “Kashi is at a very big club for the level in France and he has got another year left on a good wage.

“We can only do it as a loan – a permanent would be extremely difficult with the wage structure that we’re in.

“It’s still not a ‘no’, we’re still texting. He knows exactly where we are and he knows exactly where he is.”