Nigel Worthington in talks to sign Cheltenham Town captain Russell Penn

Russell Penn, far left,  tangles with City loan  midfielder Elliott Whitehouse

Russell Penn, far left, tangles with City loan midfielder Elliott Whitehouse

First published in Sport York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

YORK City are in talks to sign Cheltenham Town’s club captain Russell Penn.

The Minstermen have targeted the 28-year-old midfielder, who has fallen out of favour at Whaddon Road during the last two months.

But Penn is under contract with the Robins until the summer of 2015, meaning his manager Mark Yates would be seeking a transfer fee for his services.

The Dudley-born ex-England ‘C’ international has scored 32 goals in 377 games as a League Two and Conference player.

He spent four years at Kidderminster before moving on to Burton for a Brewers’ club record fee of £30,000 in July 2009.

After turning down a new deal at the Pirelli Stadium, Penn then joined Cheltenham, who he has helped reach the League Two play-offs for the last two seasons, making a total of 101 appearances during those campaigns.

The 5ft 11in tall midfielder lost his starting place at Cheltenham, however, after he was substituted at half-time during an FA Cup defeat at Tamworth on November 9.

He has been restricted to just five substitute outings since as Yates’ team embarked on an eight-match unbeaten run prior to last weekend’s 2-1 home defeat to Mansfield.

On the possibility of bringing Penn to Bootham Crescent, City boss Nigel Worthington said: “We are talking to the club about the player.

“It’s only early days as far as that situation is concerned and we will see how it goes over the course of the next week because he is a player we are interested in and he would bring experience into the group.”

The Minstermen have parted company, meanwhile, with on-loan right-back Luke O’Neill, who has been recalled by parent club Burnley ahead of the Clarets’ FA Cup trip to Southampton this afternoon.

As a consequence, makeshift winger Lanre Oyebanjo will be restored to his more customary right-back role against Dagenham & Redbridge this afternoon.

Added Worthington: “We were half-expecting Luke to be recalled and at least we are covered in that area.

“He has shown his Championship quality for us and has been a great ambassador for Burnley Football Club.

“His deliveries from set-pieces have been second-to-none and, hopefully, he’s picked one or two things up from us along the way too.

“We have been doing a lot of one-to-one work with him on finding his wide man and, if he keeps working hard, he could make a good living from the game.”

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12:53pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Southern Exile says...

I thought O'Neill had to go back due to his age restricting the length of the loan rather than being recalled?
I thought O'Neill had to go back due to his age restricting the length of the loan rather than being recalled? Southern Exile
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12:58pm Sat 4 Jan 14

OLD - HEAD says...

Russell Penn fits the description perfectly for our "Experienced Mid-Fielder wanted" wish list. I dont know if we will get him though, because we seem to make a habit of naming targets, and then they usually finish up going somewhere else.
Russell Penn fits the description perfectly for our "Experienced Mid-Fielder wanted" wish list. I dont know if we will get him though, because we seem to make a habit of naming targets, and then they usually finish up going somewhere else. OLD - HEAD
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1:00pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Southern Exile says...

OLD - HEAD wrote:
Russell Penn fits the description perfectly for our "Experienced Mid-Fielder wanted" wish list. I dont know if we will get him though, because we seem to make a habit of naming targets, and then they usually finish up going somewhere else.
Agreed, looks a good target but surely there will be other interest?
[quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: Russell Penn fits the description perfectly for our "Experienced Mid-Fielder wanted" wish list. I dont know if we will get him though, because we seem to make a habit of naming targets, and then they usually finish up going somewhere else.[/p][/quote]Agreed, looks a good target but surely there will be other interest? Southern Exile
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2:16pm Sat 4 Jan 14

thetruespatz says...

Southern Exile wrote:
I thought O'Neill had to go back due to his age restricting the length of the loan rather than being recalled?
No Burnley recalled him last night to so he could be apart of the squad to face Southampton in the FA Cup. Otherwise he would have played for us today.
[quote][p][bold]Southern Exile[/bold] wrote: I thought O'Neill had to go back due to his age restricting the length of the loan rather than being recalled?[/p][/quote]No Burnley recalled him last night to so he could be apart of the squad to face Southampton in the FA Cup. Otherwise he would have played for us today. thetruespatz
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2:17pm Sat 4 Jan 14

thetruespatz says...

Whether there is the slightest bit of truth defender Jamie McCombe another target. Seen this posted in a few places now too.
Whether there is the slightest bit of truth defender Jamie McCombe another target. Seen this posted in a few places now too. thetruespatz
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4:05pm Sat 4 Jan 14

jolfchn says...

adam reed rejoins from burton
adam reed rejoins from burton jolfchn
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5:38pm Sat 4 Jan 14

ian923 says...

Great start to 2014 with a good 3-1 win. Could have been 3 down by halftime!
Good performances from Banjo,Lowe,McGurk and Davies..midfield lacking and Platt again anonymous except for his mistakes. Carson and Coulson worked hard and Bowman had a good game but how many clubs in this league would love to have Fletcher with his pace, control and effort. Ingham was ok apart from the punch which Banjo had to clear off the line and Montrose didn't,t have a great day. Ref poor missing all their foul throws and not giving us a stonewall penalty in second half.Hope radio york are right that Adam Reed has signed though he must have been underperforming at Burton to not get in their team. We must also sign Lowe. Overall a good performance after riding our luck and augurs well for progress up the table in the coming months. Well done lads!
Great start to 2014 with a good 3-1 win. Could have been 3 down by halftime! Good performances from Banjo,Lowe,McGurk and Davies..midfield lacking and Platt again anonymous except for his mistakes. Carson and Coulson worked hard and Bowman had a good game but how many clubs in this league would love to have Fletcher with his pace, control and effort. Ingham was ok apart from the punch which Banjo had to clear off the line and Montrose didn't,t have a great day. Ref poor missing all their foul throws and not giving us a stonewall penalty in second half.Hope radio york are right that Adam Reed has signed though he must have been underperforming at Burton to not get in their team. We must also sign Lowe. Overall a good performance after riding our luck and augurs well for progress up the table in the coming months. Well done lads! ian923
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5:40pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Punk_Ian says...

jolfchn wrote:
adam reed rejoins from burton
Aye was in Worthington post match interview. If he plays as well as he did last season and works well with Montrose then we won't be far of been a good side
[quote][p][bold]jolfchn[/bold] wrote: adam reed rejoins from burton[/p][/quote]Aye was in Worthington post match interview. If he plays as well as he did last season and works well with Montrose then we won't be far of been a good side Punk_Ian
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7:51pm Sat 4 Jan 14

johnboy2882 says...

it says on the burton website that adam reed to join york on loan for the rest of the season
it says on the burton website that adam reed to join york on loan for the rest of the season johnboy2882
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