Osman will be back in Dynamos colours this weekend. Photo Credit: David Trevallion
On Monday, Oxford City Stars fans were surprised by hearing that Steve ‘Ossie’ Osman had walked out of the club. Today, it was announced that he has signed on for Invicta Dynamos and the more cynical fans might assume that the offer came in before the resignation.
On Monday, Osman stated that he didn’t feel that he was fitting into the team’s systems and was struggling to adapt his game. I have to admit to being surprised by this as he seemed to be playing so well recently with line mates Alan Green and Darren Elliott. While his low goal output so far was a bit surprising for a player of his ability, he was still racking up the points with 3+12 from 11 games – making him the current top scorer at Oxpens Road.
I spoke to Ossie about his move and he reiterated what was published at the time “I decided to leave because I wasn’t enjoying my hockey at Oxford, this was mainly because of the style of the hockey and systems which they implement.”.
He also wanted to make it clear that his decision to leave Oxford was not pre-empted by a ‘poaching’ call from Dynamos: “I just want to clear up the rumours around me leaving Oxford etc, I approached Kev Parrish about returning to Invicta, after telling Simon I was leaving Oxford. I have played in Invicta before and I fit in with their style of hockey, so it was an easy decision for me.”
He also added “I am looking forward to picking up where I left off with the Dynamos and wish my old team mates at Oxford all the best for the season.”
Osman will rejoin the Dynamos in their league games against Cardiff and Solent this weekend.
So what are Invicta getting with Osman (and what has Oxford lost). From his performances so far at Oxford, I would have to call him a hard working 2-way centreman who is very much a play-maker. He is very good at making the right play at the right time and while he only had 3 goals in an Oxford shirt, I think this is an anomaly – I can certainly remember him forcing some great saves out of keepers in the games I saw and could consider himself unlucky not to have found the back of the net more often. Of course, Dynamos head coach, Kevin Parrish, is well aware of his ability. Osman started the season there last year and was 20+27 from 30 games.