He put pen to paper at the Manor Ground, despite an 11th hour bid from Third Division Exeter.

The bid from Exeter, say the club's administrators, was higher, but the 21-year-old forward was reluctant to sign for them.

Abbey said: "Oxford are a better club, playing in a higher league, and is a more convenient place to get to from my London home."

Town have received £30,000 for the marksman.

UNIJET LEAGUE, div 3: Haywards Heath 3 (Steve Agyei 41, Anthony Handley 43, 49), Ansty 2 (Ollie Rowland 65, Terry Hall 75)

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