Duberry is young at heart

Duberry: Age is not a factor

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New signing Michael Duberry says his age is not a factor in his aim to take a leading role for Oxford United next season.

Speaking to BBC Oxford, the 35-year-old said: "I didn't just come here to take a back seat and just do whatever. I've come here to play football and playing football means to start.

"I've just played regular football so age is nothing but a number. I feel fit and healthy and I've got a lot of football left."

The former Chelsea and Leeds defender also confirmed his decision to join the U's from St Johnstone was influenced by a desire to be closer to his family.

"I was away from the family for nearly 18 months and was not getting to see them for four to five weeks at a time so I was looking to come home to England," added Duberry.

"And what Chris Wilder showed did appeal to me, plus I had the bonus of not being far from home, so all together it was something I want to be part of."