U`S LOOK TO MONK FOR SAVIOUR
By Jamie Dixon
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The U's are currently lying bottom of the Second Division table, after winning just three games this season, and Kemp is desperate to see results improve at the club as soon as possible.
One major problem that the struggling club have suffered from this season is their inability to defend a lead, and it is for this reason that Kemp has turned to 21-year-old Monk.
The young stopper is no stranger to lower league football, having started his career at Torquay United, and he has said that he is more than happy to be given the opportunity of gaining first-team experience at Oxford.
"It was a fantastic move to go from a Third Division club to The Premiership," said Monk, who joined The Saints from Torquay in 1996. "It's been great at Southampton, it's a nice place to live, with nice people. Glenn Hoddle, the manager, is a brilliant football person.
"But I am very happy to be at Oxford on loan. I have not been playing regularly enough at Southampton so I need a good run of games. In three seasons I have had 21 appearances in the first-team.
"I hope to bring a bit of stability to the defence and help to achieve a few clean sheets," he added. "The other lads are a good bunch."