Signings, fixtures and a new kit; a new season is on its way. Thankfully, perhaps, it’s still over a month away. In between is the pre-season programme, which is a bit like watching Big Brother. Much as you try to avoid it you can’t help but take some notice and then when you do you find yourself wrapped up in the minutiae of what it all means.

Friendlies are, gulp, 2 days away. In the meantime, let’s bask in the summer sun, enjoy the sound of leather on willow and taste the strawberries and cream at Henley.

Fuck that, let’s check out the new kit. John Murray who presumably couldn’t be arsed to go to the Family Fun Day tantalisingly described the new shirt as ‘traditional yellow’. Photos don’t give much away but it does look like it has standard issue Carlotti styling similar to the away kit. Hopefully this means it will have better quality workmanship than the last iteration. I only hope that we’ve ditched the faded in the wash yellow for something brighter. I’ve always thought; if you’re going to go yellow – it might as well be bright yellow.

What’s more, it appears two more signings have been made – Chris Carruthers and (apparently) Lewis Haldane. Caruthers has been sprung from Bristol Rovers, although it’s no shock to see some Northamptonshire in his blood. Given the typical career path of an Oxford player expect him to sign for Torquay at the end of his contract. Carruthers might be a bit shy, because he’s brought Haldane with him from The Gas. Haldane appears to have no links to Northamptonshire, which can’t be right and maybe the reported sticking point in his contract negotiations.

What is probably most shocking of both these players is that with a little research, you find there is good will amongst the fans towards both of them. Which might mean they’re good players. And that just can’t be right.

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