Oxford sign former England boss Sam Allardyce’s grandson

Former England and Bolton boss Sam Allardyce's grandson has joined Oxford on a one-year contract.

Former England and Bolton boss Sam Allardyce’s grandson has joined Oxford on a one-year contract.

The 18-year-old defender, also Sam, arrives from Bury where he finished his scholarship after starting out at Manchester United.

‘Sam is an ‘old-school’ defender,’ Oxford manager Karl Robinson said.

‘He reads the game really well and wants to win every ball and every header.

‘He is still quite raw but he has this real passion for the game and a natural enthusiasm.

‘ Allardyce said: ‘I came and had a look round and was really impressed with the way the club is set up and the way that Karl likes to try and help young players.

‘It’s a big move for me, away from home and at an important stage of my career.

I’ll come here and give it my all and am determined to make the most of the opportunity.

‘ Allardyce is one of several young new recruits for the club, with full-back Kevin Berkoe arriving from Wolves and academy players Aaron Heap and Aaron McCreadie also agreeing terms.

Robinson added: ‘It is up to all four of them to work hard now, push senior players all the way and try and show what they can do and we will do all we can to help them continue to develop.’