Love Island winner Finn Tapp expected to return to play for Oxford City after going AWOL to take part in reality show
- Love Island winner Finn Tapp is expected to see out his contract at Oxford City
- The club revealed that the defender AWOL last month to take part on the show
- Their commercial director said they would introduce specific contract clauses
- Mr Tapp bagged the show’s £50,000 cash prize fund along with Paige Turley
Love Island winner Finn Tapp will be expected to see out the rest of his contract with Oxford City, the club revealed.
The National League South outfit confirmed that the defender went AWOL last month in order to compete on the first winter series of the popular reality show.
And despite Mr Tapp’s desire to move to Manchester with his new girlfriend, Paige Turley, the club’s commercial director says the star will return to action.
Love Island winner Finn Tapp will be expected to see out the rest of his deal with Oxford City
The 20-year-old won the sixth series of Love Island on Sunday, but had jetted out to South Africa without informing the club of his intentions.
Oxford City chief Mick Livesey told the BBC: ‘He was [in breach of his contract] but I think you need to take a pragmatic sort of view: A 20-year-old lad, he’s offered all this reality TV stuff.
‘He has a contract, so he has to finish the contract he has with the football club.
‘He’s done very, very well for us.’
Mr Livesey also suggested that clauses would be inserted into new players’ contracts concerning future appearances on television – before admitting that the defender’s absence had affected the club’s campaign.
The 20-year-old had won the sixth series of Love Island on Sunday alongside Paige Turley
The club’s commercial director says the star will return to action despite his newfound fame
He added: ‘As a football club, we wish Finn all the best and I can understand everything that’s going on but we have a duty of care for Finn and we’ve got a duty of care for the football club.
‘I can assure you that all new players we sign from now on, we will be putting clauses in their contracts. I think we’re going to have to.
‘We’re an ambitious football club, we’re going from strength to strength and we’re looking to build. This hasn’t been ideal. It is probably disruptive to the club and results.’
Oxford City currently sit 12th in the division, and suffered a 3-0 home defeat against struggling Tonbridge at the weekend.
Mr Tapp bagged the winning goal against Wealdstone in January 4, just weeks before heading to Cape Town.
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