Another boost for Oxford ahead of potential League One play-off against Portsmouth after extending Middlesbrough loanee's deal

Oxford have extended a third loanee's contract ahead of a potential League One play-off meeting with Pompey.

Tuesday, 9th June 2020, 12:30 pm
Updated Thursday, 11th June 2020, 11:28 am

Marcus Browne will be available for Karl Robinson's side, after they agreed a deal with Middlesborough to keep the winger for the remainder of the 2019-20 season.

Browne has been in flying form since rejoining the U's in January, scoring four goals in 13 games.

League One clubs are expected to curtail the season during today's meeting. League positions will then be decided by a points-per-game formula.

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That'll see Pompey finish fifth and face Oxford in a traditional four-team play-off. The winners will meet either Wycombe or Fleetwood for the right to join Coventry and Rotherham in the Championship.

Robinson's men have already ensured that Matty Taylor (Bristol City) and Ben Woodburn (Liverpool) will be available, although Nathan Holland has returned to West Ham.

Robinson told Oxford's website: ‘Marcus has been brilliant for us and it’s great to have him here a little longer. The fans know what a special player he can be and he was a big part of the team in our run of positive results before lockdown began.

Marcus Browne in action for Oxford against Newcastle. Picture: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

‘With Matty, Ben and now Marcus available we are in really good shape and as we have said all along, all we want now is a chance to play again and to try to win promotion on the pitch.’

Pompey have already moved to extend the loan of Steve Seddon from Birmingham, while Barnsley are set to allow Cameron McGeehan to see out his time on the south coast.

The Blues are now waiting for confirmation of when the season will end before they can secure Sean Raggett (Norwich) and Ross McCrorie (Rangers) for the rest of the campaign.