Mark Sykes in action for Glenavon (c) Presseye

SYKES COMPLETES OXFORD UNITED TRANSFER

Oxford United have completed the signing of Glenavon midfielder Mark Sykes on a two and a half year deal.

The League Two club announced the signing of the Northern Ireland Under-21 international having fended off Port Vale for his signature.

21-year-old Sykes has been a feature of the first team at Mourneview Park since breaking through at 16 under Gary Hamilton and was part of the Lurgan Blues side that won the Irish Cup in 2016.

Sykes told the official Oxford United website: “I’m really excited to have got things sorted out. Obviously it is a step up to full time football but I have played over 140 games in competitive men’s football and have learned so much in that time. I was really impressed by the Manager at Oxford, by the plans the club have and I can’t wait to get started.”

Sykes joins a familiar face in former Crusaders winger Gavin Whyte at the Kassam Stadium. Whyte has flourished under Karl Robinson at the U's - gaining his first senior international gaps since his progression from the Danske Bank Premiership.

Gary Hamilton has moved to bring two of his young loan stars back to the club as Robbie Norton (Warrenpoint Town) and Jack O'Mahony (HW Welders) return after spending the first half of the season away.

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