Jonny Giles

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Jonny Giles

Oxford United



Jonny is a late entrant to the competitive game of football, having spent his youth playing multiple sports such as cricket and tennis alongside Sunday League football. An extremely able student, Jonny studied Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry at A-Level before going on to read Physics at Durham University. He graduated in the summer of 2015 with a 2:1 Honours degree.

Whilst an undergraduate at Durham, Jonny starting playing football more seriously for the first time and excelled for the University's first-team during all 3 years. An attacking winger with great delivery, dribbling skills and a sublime left foot, his student form prompted local non-league team Durham City AFC to sign him and it was at that club where Jonny played his first senior men's football.

Towards the end of his final year of university, Jonny played for former England cricketer Stephen Harmison's side - Ashington AFC - thus under a manager who knows better than most about coming to the game of football late in life! Upon graduating and returning to his family home in Windsor, Jonny decided to try and break through in to the professional game, which would prove to be a remarkable feat given the lack of footballing history aged 21.

On 21st September, Jonny signed for League Two club Oxford United and only six weeks later he was named in the first team's match day squad - an unused substitute for the FA Cup tie away to Braintree Town (on the 8th November 2015). Despite not yet featuring for the first team, Jonny's development did not go unnoticed and manager Michael Appleton moved to award him an improved, 18 month contract on 15th January 2016.

On 29th January 2016, Jonny joined National League side Southport on loan and on 6th February 2016 he appeared as a 65th minute substitute away to Tranmere in front of over 5,000 fans - his first outing in senior football, coming just 8 months after he had left University life. The following game, on the 13th February, Jonny started his first game of senior football and was awarded the Man of the Match as Southport drew 1-1 against Braintree. After four appearances during February, Jonny was recalled to Oxford at the end of the month and during the Easter weekend in March Jonny was an unused substitute for Oxford in the League on two occasions.

Jonny joined National League South club Oxford City on loan in September 2016 and on his debut - away to Bath - he scored a sensational, solo goal in a 3-1 win.

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