York City poised to lose Burnley loan ace Luke O'Neill in January

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ON-LOAN right-back Luke O’Neill will return to parent club Burnley in the new year with York City being priced out of a possible permanent deal.

The 22-year-old defender, who was The Press Player of the Month in November, is due back at Turf Moor following the first weekend of January and City boss Nigel Worthington is not expecting to be able to call on his services beyond that point.

O’Neill, because of his age, cannot extend his loan stay at Bootham Crescent past the current three-month agreement and, even if Championship high-fliers Burnley were prepared to offload him, City are unlikely to meet his wage demands or a possible transfer fee.

On the former Mansfield full-back’s situation, Worthington said: “He can only be on loan with us for 93 days because he is over 21 so there is no choice on him and he will be going back.

“It might have been an option to bring him in permanently but that would involve quite a bit of money and we are not in that position.”

Worthington is expected to finalise a permanent deal for Keith Lowe once the transfer window reopens in January and is also planning on retaining the services of fellow loan trio Ben Davies, Elliott Whitehouse and Ryan Brobbel, saying: “We are hoping to sort something out with Cheltenham and Keith Lowe, and we are waiting for confirmation one way or the other on the loan situations of Ben Davies, Elliott Whitehouse and Ryan Brobbel, so that we know where we are in January.”

First-year professional Mike Atkinson, meanwhile, has already left Bootham Crescent, having been released by Worthington.

The teenage right-back could not force his way into the first-team reckoning at City and was loaned out to Northallerton Town earlier this term.

“He has left the club to enable him to get on with his life, whether it be as a part-time footballer or other work,” Worthington revealed.

“It was difficult for him to force his way into the equation so, rather than him getting frustrated, we have come to a mutual agreement that will allow him to do whatever he wants to do next.”

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6:07pm Thu 19 Dec 13

dadster says...

Not quite sure what "because of his age" means in terms of why he can only stay 3 months maximum. Do you have to be a certain age to be on loan for longer than this? Perhaps someone can clarify.

Whilst I think he has done really well for us I don't think it would be a massive loss as long as Banjo can stay fit and coupled with Lowe signing permanently in Jan means we can now play Brobbel on a regular basis which can only be a positive. Whether he wants to stay is another matter of course as he hasn't had as much game time as he would have wanted.

I think come the end of Jan we will be much better positioned to assess where we will ultimately end up this season. If we can get a decent set of results up to then coupled with the right signings in our weakest areas then we can look forward with real optimism as I think we do have good quality in some areas of the squad.

IMO the key areas we need strengthening are left back (although Davies has improved recently to be fair), central defence (still unsure of whether McGurk can stay fit) and centre midfield (we could do with more creativity).
Not quite sure what "because of his age" means in terms of why he can only stay 3 months maximum. Do you have to be a certain age to be on loan for longer than this? Perhaps someone can clarify. Whilst I think he has done really well for us I don't think it would be a massive loss as long as Banjo can stay fit and coupled with Lowe signing permanently in Jan means we can now play Brobbel on a regular basis which can only be a positive. Whether he wants to stay is another matter of course as he hasn't had as much game time as he would have wanted. I think come the end of Jan we will be much better positioned to assess where we will ultimately end up this season. If we can get a decent set of results up to then coupled with the right signings in our weakest areas then we can look forward with real optimism as I think we do have good quality in some areas of the squad. IMO the key areas we need strengthening are left back (although Davies has improved recently to be fair), central defence (still unsure of whether McGurk can stay fit) and centre midfield (we could do with more creativity). dadster

7:07pm Thu 19 Dec 13

ian923 says...

Agree with Dadster re the areas that need strengthening though in priority order mine would be 1.central defence(cover needed for injury) 2. Midfield ( we need a positive creator) and 3 . Left back. Davies has improved recently and I can see good potential in him but we have Jamal also who has been unlucky not to play much this season. Lowe looks to be a good centre back and will be a good permanent signing. I keep saying it but we must play Brobbel who causes danger to the opposition and if left out of the squad or on the bench won,t want to stay beyond initial loan period even though it doesn't,t look as if his future lies with Middlesborough. He could be a good investment for the club if we can sign him when his contract runs out at the end of this season. Hope the injured players are progressing well and that the selected team are up for it on Saturday and turn Oxford over. A repeat of last seasons score line against them at Bootham Crescent will be magnificent. Could have done with Bowman being available but we should have enough to do the job. Looking forward to it. Come on City!
Agree with Dadster re the areas that need strengthening though in priority order mine would be 1.central defence(cover needed for injury) 2. Midfield ( we need a positive creator) and 3 . Left back. Davies has improved recently and I can see good potential in him but we have Jamal also who has been unlucky not to play much this season. Lowe looks to be a good centre back and will be a good permanent signing. I keep saying it but we must play Brobbel who causes danger to the opposition and if left out of the squad or on the bench won,t want to stay beyond initial loan period even though it doesn't,t look as if his future lies with Middlesborough. He could be a good investment for the club if we can sign him when his contract runs out at the end of this season. Hope the injured players are progressing well and that the selected team are up for it on Saturday and turn Oxford over. A repeat of last seasons score line against them at Bootham Crescent will be magnificent. Could have done with Bowman being available but we should have enough to do the job. Looking forward to it. Come on City! ian923

7:13pm Thu 19 Dec 13

joejamestom says...

I beg to differ, I rate him highly for different reasons to Banjo, I suspect if he does not stay it says more about what we can afford than the quality of the player. But in a tight employment market for footballers hopefully we can get in a player of decent quality who can be used more centrally also as we look distinctly lightweight & vulnerable to injuries & I am convinced we have a couple of players who will never start a game better to look for players who can provide competition for a starting place.
Hopefully we can give Oxford a torrid time on Saturday.
I beg to differ, I rate him highly for different reasons to Banjo, I suspect if he does not stay it says more about what we can afford than the quality of the player. But in a tight employment market for footballers hopefully we can get in a player of decent quality who can be used more centrally also as we look distinctly lightweight & vulnerable to injuries & I am convinced we have a couple of players who will never start a game better to look for players who can provide competition for a starting place. Hopefully we can give Oxford a torrid time on Saturday. joejamestom

7:39pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Pop Stand says...

If age eligibility and duration rules exist for loan players, please can anyone suggest what makes O'Neill's predicament any different to the other loan players we have on our books bar the goalkeeper and centre back who are our most recent arrivals?
If age eligibility and duration rules exist for loan players, please can anyone suggest what makes O'Neill's predicament any different to the other loan players we have on our books bar the goalkeeper and centre back who are our most recent arrivals? Pop Stand

8:01pm Thu 19 Dec 13

bill bailey says...

ACCEPTING loan players bring long term problems I still believe in the system its part of the game and it has, and will work for us and other clubs, I don't understand the situation with Luke have not heard of that before.
I have mentioned on here before there is a good player who comes from my part of the country called James Keane he plays in one of the leading clubs in Sweden called FC ELFSBURG. During their break in the winter he came over to Portsmouth on loan last year, He could be useful for a couple of months.
ACCEPTING loan players bring long term problems I still believe in the system its part of the game and it has, and will work for us and other clubs, I don't understand the situation with Luke have not heard of that before. I have mentioned on here before there is a good player who comes from my part of the country called James Keane he plays in one of the leading clubs in Sweden called FC ELFSBURG. During their break in the winter he came over to Portsmouth on loan last year, He could be useful for a couple of months. bill bailey

8:25pm Thu 19 Dec 13

bill bailey says...

bill bailey wrote:
ACCEPTING loan players bring long term problems I still believe in the system its part of the game and it has, and will work for us and other clubs, I don't understand the situation with Luke have not heard of that before.
I have mentioned on here before there is a good player who comes from my part of the country called James Keane he plays in one of the leading clubs in Sweden called FC ELFSBURG. During their break in the winter he came over to Portsmouth on loan last year, He could be useful for a couple of months.
Update. we have lost the chance I have made a call he's gone to ISREAL .
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: ACCEPTING loan players bring long term problems I still believe in the system its part of the game and it has, and will work for us and other clubs, I don't understand the situation with Luke have not heard of that before. I have mentioned on here before there is a good player who comes from my part of the country called James Keane he plays in one of the leading clubs in Sweden called FC ELFSBURG. During their break in the winter he came over to Portsmouth on loan last year, He could be useful for a couple of months.[/p][/quote]Update. we have lost the chance I have made a call he's gone to ISREAL . bill bailey

8:48pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Bigduggsy says...

Lowe was considered to be primarily a right back at. Cheltenham, so another. Centre Back would give us cover in both positions.
Lowe was considered to be primarily a right back at. Cheltenham, so another. Centre Back would give us cover in both positions. Bigduggsy

8:54am Fri 20 Dec 13

johnno65 says...

Adam Jackson at Middlesborough very highly rated young player who has also represented England at under 19 level, good defencive player, worth a word in the Boro bosses ear.
Adam Jackson at Middlesborough very highly rated young player who has also represented England at under 19 level, good defencive player, worth a word in the Boro bosses ear. johnno65

10:16am Fri 20 Dec 13

OLD - HEAD says...

Although the club has just made this announcement, it was always going to happen, Luke ONeill would be going back to Burnley in January. A very good player but he is NOT our player, so we just have to get on with it. I personally would like to see the loanees at York City reduced to about one or two. We are fighting for our Fooball League status and I would prefer to see our fate decided by our own players. Tough game tomorrow against Oxford, I saw their last two FA cup-ties on BT sport, they have a solid defence and forwards who know how to score goals. They are worthy league leaders and nothing short of 100% effort is needed from City tomorrow.
Although the club has just made this announcement, it was always going to happen, Luke ONeill would be going back to Burnley in January. A very good player but he is NOT our player, so we just have to get on with it. I personally would like to see the loanees at York City reduced to about one or two. We are fighting for our Fooball League status and I would prefer to see our fate decided by our own players. Tough game tomorrow against Oxford, I saw their last two FA cup-ties on BT sport, they have a solid defence and forwards who know how to score goals. They are worthy league leaders and nothing short of 100% effort is needed from City tomorrow. OLD - HEAD

10:30am Fri 20 Dec 13

Killieboy says...

Get brobbel on from the start and let him and Carson run riot. Nothing to fear from anyone in this league if we are on form. Let's go for it and get it done. Come on you reds!!!!!!!!
Get brobbel on from the start and let him and Carson run riot. Nothing to fear from anyone in this league if we are on form. Let's go for it and get it done. Come on you reds!!!!!!!! Killieboy

10:33am Fri 20 Dec 13

Killieboy says...

Get brobbel on from the start and let him and Carson run riot. Nothing to fear from anyone in this league if we are on form. Let's go for it and get it done. Come on you reds!!!!!!!!!
Get brobbel on from the start and let him and Carson run riot. Nothing to fear from anyone in this league if we are on form. Let's go for it and get it done. Come on you reds!!!!!!!!! Killieboy

10:35am Fri 20 Dec 13

tips says...

Killieboy wrote:
Get brobbel on from the start and let him and Carson run riot. Nothing to fear from anyone in this league if we are on form. Let's go for it and get it done. Come on you reds!!!!!!!!
Couldn't agree more let's attack and let's show Qxford and the rest of the league that York City are well and truly on the up.
Forget the Christmas shopping get down to the Crescent and get behind the lads
[quote][p][bold]Killieboy[/bold] wrote: Get brobbel on from the start and let him and Carson run riot. Nothing to fear from anyone in this league if we are on form. Let's go for it and get it done. Come on you reds!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more let's attack and let's show Qxford and the rest of the league that York City are well and truly on the up. Forget the Christmas shopping get down to the Crescent and get behind the lads tips

1:50pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Budgie says...

Might as well have Banjo back at right back and yes Brobbel in ,lets give Oxford a run for there money.
Might as well have Banjo back at right back and yes Brobbel in ,lets give Oxford a run for there money. Budgie

4:49pm Fri 20 Dec 13

limbert says...

Unfortunately this just underlines the root of all our problems-not enough money.
Unfortunately this just underlines the root of all our problems-not enough money. limbert

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