York City right-back Lanre Oyebanjo linked with switch to League One Crawley Town

York City right-back Lanre Oyebanjo

York City right-back Lanre Oyebanjo

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CRAWLEY Town are heading the chase to sign York City’s out-of- contract right-back Lanre Oyebanjo.

The London-born 24-year-old is expected to be offered a new deal at Bootham Crescent but, after three years in North Yorkshire, is understood to be keen on a move back to his southern roots.

John Gregory - manager of League One Crawley - has run the rule over Oyebanjo during the second half of City’s season and would be entitled to sign the ex-West Ham trainee on a free transfer under the Bosman ruling.

With 46 appearances to his name in 2013/14, Oyebanjo played more games for City than any player other than fellow full-back Ben Davies.

Since joining from Histon, the ex-Republic of Ireland Under-21 international has played 103 times for the Minstermen and scored three goals, including the first in 2012’s 2-0 FA Trophy final victory over Newport.

FA Cup finalists Hull City have confirmed they will visit Bootham Crescent for a pre-season friendly on Wednesday, July 23, kick-off 7.30pm.

Hulls’ first friendlies will be two days earlier when matches at North Ferriby United and Harrogate Town take place on the same night.

Nigel Worthington’s old club Sheffield Wednesday will also visit Bootham Crescent for their first pre-season friendly on Saturday, July 12, kick-off 3pm.

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10:06am Tue 20 May 14

NottsExile says...

I know we are a small club in real terms but it really saddens me that the bigger ones circle like sharks when our players start making a significant impact. They snap up the successful players and we have to start again.
It is even more galling when the players attracting attention are out of contract and, despite the development we provide, they can leave for nothing.

People will say that the world of football is survival of the fittest, with a lack of loyalty and generally the ones with the most money make the most progress.

Our club is like many in Leagues One and Two, and without the mega-bucks of rich owners (something I despise) we will be caught in the inevitable vicious circle of bringing on talent for others to pick off.

I am proud to be a York City supporter and our proud and distinguished history will forever hold up, but I do hope that we lose few players to those sharks that swim around.

Lanre has his reasons for returning to London and I would wish him well in his career but I would like that to be at City.

Onwards and upwards - I can't wait to see who is coming in and who is staying.
I know we are a small club in real terms but it really saddens me that the bigger ones circle like sharks when our players start making a significant impact. They snap up the successful players and we have to start again. It is even more galling when the players attracting attention are out of contract and, despite the development we provide, they can leave for nothing. People will say that the world of football is survival of the fittest, with a lack of loyalty and generally the ones with the most money make the most progress. Our club is like many in Leagues One and Two, and without the mega-bucks of rich owners (something I despise) we will be caught in the inevitable vicious circle of bringing on talent for others to pick off. I am proud to be a York City supporter and our proud and distinguished history will forever hold up, but I do hope that we lose few players to those sharks that swim around. Lanre has his reasons for returning to London and I would wish him well in his career but I would like that to be at City. Onwards and upwards - I can't wait to see who is coming in and who is staying. NottsExile
  • Score: 25

10:08am Tue 20 May 14

dbrs88 says...

Will be a travesty if he can leave for free...
Will be a travesty if he can leave for free... dbrs88
  • Score: 4

10:12am Tue 20 May 14

uhtred says...

dbrs88 wrote:
Will be a travesty if he can leave for free...
works both ways, we pick up players for free when out of contract.
[quote][p][bold]dbrs88[/bold] wrote: Will be a travesty if he can leave for free...[/p][/quote]works both ways, we pick up players for free when out of contract. uhtred
  • Score: 9

10:29am Tue 20 May 14

Southern Exile says...

Should have offered a new contract earlier...
Should have offered a new contract earlier... Southern Exile
  • Score: 7

10:51am Tue 20 May 14

Yorkie69 says...

Agree with Southern Exile ! Was the contract offered to him enough for him at the time and were there discussions on a new one last season ? Perhaps Lanre wanted to keep his options open but to lose him after Meredith would be a big blow.
Agree with Southern Exile ! Was the contract offered to him enough for him at the time and were there discussions on a new one last season ? Perhaps Lanre wanted to keep his options open but to lose him after Meredith would be a big blow. Yorkie69
  • Score: 0

10:57am Tue 20 May 14

TheBurton says...

It depends on the contract offer we give him. He's pretty much guaranteed first team football so it depends weather he wants that's over money.
It depends on the contract offer we give him. He's pretty much guaranteed first team football so it depends weather he wants that's over money. TheBurton
  • Score: 1

11:02am Tue 20 May 14

The Legend Of Keith says...

It would be excellent to retain the defence of this season and Lanre was integral to that. Lanre has summed up all that is good about York over recent seasons, hard working, unassuming and consistent.

However, if he choose's to leave (which I hope he doesn't), then the offer of higher level football will be a big calling for him.
It would be excellent to retain the defence of this season and Lanre was integral to that. Lanre has summed up all that is good about York over recent seasons, hard working, unassuming and consistent. However, if he choose's to leave (which I hope he doesn't), then the offer of higher level football will be a big calling for him. The Legend Of Keith
  • Score: 3

11:07am Tue 20 May 14

driffyorkie says...

City should make him the top earner and offer him a big promotion bonus to try and keep him. I see kearns has been released i thought he looked very good when we had him on loan last year, could be worth a punt.
City should make him the top earner and offer him a big promotion bonus to try and keep him. I see kearns has been released i thought he looked very good when we had him on loan last year, could be worth a punt. driffyorkie
  • Score: 1

11:56am Tue 20 May 14

Some old bloke says...

I can understand him wanting to return to his roots - I did the same thing in reverse a few years ago - but he seems almost like one of the family now and it will be sad to see him go. In truth, he should be playing at a higher level and, despite our aspirations, we are still a League 2 club.
Good luck to him whatever he decides. We'll still have the memory of him finishing off a 15 man move to score in the Trophy final (it might have been more than 15 but I don't think the highlight cameras picked it up early enough).
I can understand him wanting to return to his roots - I did the same thing in reverse a few years ago - but he seems almost like one of the family now and it will be sad to see him go. In truth, he should be playing at a higher level and, despite our aspirations, we are still a League 2 club. Good luck to him whatever he decides. We'll still have the memory of him finishing off a 15 man move to score in the Trophy final (it might have been more than 15 but I don't think the highlight cameras picked it up early enough). Some old bloke
  • Score: 2

11:59am Tue 20 May 14

PeteCliffe says...

If he leaves I'll be gutted but I hope it is for the right reasons. Banjo is the type of player we need all over the park, I won't forget him playing on with a fractured skull and having to be told to go off. and the goal line clearance at Bootham crescent south. Stick with us Banj, under NW we are making progress.
If he leaves I'll be gutted but I hope it is for the right reasons. Banjo is the type of player we need all over the park, I won't forget him playing on with a fractured skull and having to be told to go off. and the goal line clearance at Bootham crescent south. Stick with us Banj, under NW we are making progress. PeteCliffe
  • Score: 8

12:45pm Tue 20 May 14

Fat Harry says...

If we double his current salary, it's unlikely we'll come anywhere near the silly money Crawley are able to offer, but his departure would have been more palatable if it were to a decent club down there like Orient or Millwall.

The best thing I can think of to say about Crawley is that Steve Evans isn't their manager.
If we double his current salary, it's unlikely we'll come anywhere near the silly money Crawley are able to offer, but his departure would have been more palatable if it were to a decent club down there like Orient or Millwall. The best thing I can think of to say about Crawley is that Steve Evans isn't their manager. Fat Harry
  • Score: 6

12:46pm Tue 20 May 14

Knavesmire view says...

The people saying we should have offered him a contract earlier are ignoring the fact that he wants to move back down South.

It has been on the cards for a long time, hence him only signing 1 year contracts year after year.

Will be a big loss but not irreplaceable, I trust Nigel Worthington to find us a decent replacement.
The people saying we should have offered him a contract earlier are ignoring the fact that he wants to move back down South. It has been on the cards for a long time, hence him only signing 1 year contracts year after year. Will be a big loss but not irreplaceable, I trust Nigel Worthington to find us a decent replacement. Knavesmire view
  • Score: 8

12:54pm Tue 20 May 14

haxbyreds says...

Was under the impression Crawley money tree had dried up
Was under the impression Crawley money tree had dried up haxbyreds
  • Score: 1

1:10pm Tue 20 May 14

Edsoni says...

To be fair Banjo stayed a year longer than initially intended and certainly merits our thanks and appreciation. Whilst money talks, in this case geography probably matters more. (Consider Jason Walker at Barrow)
It's unlikely, but it would be great to keep him for another twelve months (or longer). Nevertheless he is one of those, like Blair, who should always get a rousing reception if he happens to return.
One of his predecessors, Ben Purkiss, is now a free agent but I must admit, although talented, I would struggle to welcome him back.
Likewise I wouldn't put Reed at the top of my shopping list - for me Whitehouse would be ahead if anything.
Brobbel didn't do anything to advance his cause and Hayhurst although better hasn't made himself a "must have". Ben Davies on the other hand would be a great repeat acquisition.on loan if we couldn't make it permanent.
Blair didn't play much until the end of the season at Fleetwood and with the fraternal concerns might prefer to be nearer to his roots. He is certainly a worker in the NW mould but could we afford him? (Especially if they are promoted)
It is going to be an interesting time but I for one don't begrudge Nigel and Jason their holidays -they've earnt them.
To be fair Banjo stayed a year longer than initially intended and certainly merits our thanks and appreciation. Whilst money talks, in this case geography probably matters more. (Consider Jason Walker at Barrow) It's unlikely, but it would be great to keep him for another twelve months (or longer). Nevertheless he is one of those, like Blair, who should always get a rousing reception if he happens to return. One of his predecessors, Ben Purkiss, is now a free agent but I must admit, although talented, I would struggle to welcome him back. Likewise I wouldn't put Reed at the top of my shopping list - for me Whitehouse would be ahead if anything. Brobbel didn't do anything to advance his cause and Hayhurst although better hasn't made himself a "must have". Ben Davies on the other hand would be a great repeat acquisition.on loan if we couldn't make it permanent. Blair didn't play much until the end of the season at Fleetwood and with the fraternal concerns might prefer to be nearer to his roots. He is certainly a worker in the NW mould but could we afford him? (Especially if they are promoted) It is going to be an interesting time but I for one don't begrudge Nigel and Jason their holidays -they've earnt them. Edsoni
  • Score: 1

2:33pm Tue 20 May 14

OLD - HEAD says...

Sorry if Lanre Oyebanjo does leave, but players will always move on, its the fans that show loyalty. Its not worth offering a kings ransom to keep a full back, however much you like him. Dont forget that Luke ONeill was brought in at Right Back, so Lanre hasnt always been NWs first choice. But Lanre has always given his best for York City, so we shouldnt begrudge him a move back to nearer his roots.
Sorry if Lanre Oyebanjo does leave, but players will always move on, its the fans that show loyalty. Its not worth offering a kings ransom to keep a full back, however much you like him. Dont forget that Luke ONeill was brought in at Right Back, so Lanre hasnt always been NWs first choice. But Lanre has always given his best for York City, so we shouldnt begrudge him a move back to nearer his roots. OLD - HEAD
  • Score: 8

3:52pm Tue 20 May 14

T.R.M1974 says...

Players come and go but Banjo I would pull out the stops to retain. He's a good full back puts his body on the line for the club, anyone who fractures their skull and keeps on playing is a legend, give me 10 more player's on the pitch in his mould and I would be very happy
Players come and go but Banjo I would pull out the stops to retain. He's a good full back puts his body on the line for the club, anyone who fractures their skull and keeps on playing is a legend, give me 10 more player's on the pitch in his mould and I would be very happy T.R.M1974
  • Score: 4

4:44pm Tue 20 May 14

North Lincs Minsterman says...

Lanre, you have to stay. I've still got to give you back your shirt after the Fleetwood game!
Lanre, you have to stay. I've still got to give you back your shirt after the Fleetwood game! North Lincs Minsterman
  • Score: -2

5:11pm Tue 20 May 14

Goldfinger says...

Would be a big loss is Lanre decides to leave. If he does I hope NW looks again to Luke O'Neill who was one of the positive loan signings during the first half of the season. I would expect his chances at Burnley to be limited next season in the Premier League so might jump at the chance of regular 1st team football elsewhere.
Would be a big loss is Lanre decides to leave. If he does I hope NW looks again to Luke O'Neill who was one of the positive loan signings during the first half of the season. I would expect his chances at Burnley to be limited next season in the Premier League so might jump at the chance of regular 1st team football elsewhere. Goldfinger
  • Score: 2

7:16pm Tue 20 May 14

born&breed says...

The Club want him to stay - they have a contract on the table - Lanre has said last season was his last - he has stated 'he wants to return south' - nothing to do with the Club - his choice
The Club want him to stay - they have a contract on the table - Lanre has said last season was his last - he has stated 'he wants to return south' - nothing to do with the Club - his choice born&breed
  • Score: 5

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