Former Town star turns pro

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FORMER Buckingham Town goalkeeper Max Crocombe has signed a professional deal with League Two side Oxford.

The 20-year-old played for Buckingham’s first team in 2009/10, when he was just 17, before he joined Oxford in September 2010 on a two-year scholarship.

Max said: “I benefited massively from playing for Buckingham Town.

“Phil Simons with Paul Warnecki and Geoff Sharpe offered me first team football when I was 16 coming off the back of a couple of rejections and that was huge.

“I was made to feel really welcome at the club by the fans, staff and players despite being so young.

“I never realised how much local football meant to some people and that’s one of the things I learned from BTFC.”

Max was offered a trial at MK Dons when he was 11 after being spotted playing in goal in a one-off game because the goalkeeper was injured.

He then moved to Town in 2009, adding: “The captain, Chris Robson, never stopped encouraging me from my first game when I turned up not having met any of the lads and that summed up the whole club.

“Even when it got to the stage where the financial troubles really took their toll, the ground was being locked up and we were struggling to pick up points it was still a pleasure to play for Buckingham because every week there was always a massive sense of optimism around the place.”

Following a good 2010/11 pre-season Max was watched by scouts before Oxford United gave him the chance he needed.