GOAL-HUNTING York City have launched a bid to enlist prolific Barnet marksman Jake Hyde.
The Minstermen have agreed personal terms over a three-year deal with the 23-year-old striker, pictured, as manager Nigel Worthington bids to end the goal drought that effectively stalled the bid for play-off promotion from League Two just last month.
However, because Maidenhead-born Hyde is under the age of 24, a Football League tribunal will have to determine a compensation package between City and Conference Premier outfit Barnet.
If that is finally resolved then Worthington will have secured a front-man he has watched several times and who he admires and reckons to have the marksmanship skills to beef up City’s attack.
City issued the following statement over the proposed move for the 6ft 1in tall forward, who gained his first England ‘C’ cap against Latvia while he was with the Bees in their return to the fifth tier last season.
“York City Football Club is delighted to have agreed personal terms with Jake Hyde to become a York City player on a three-year contract,” said the statement.
“As Jake is under 24 years of age, a compensation package will be due to Barnet Football Club.”
Hyde, who started his Football League career as a trainee with Swindon seven years ago, was put up for sale by Barnet at the finish of the season just ended after being offered a new one-year deal, according to Bees boss Martin Allen.
Said Allen: “Jake has expressed a wish to play at a higher level and his goals over the past two seasons can make that happen.
“We are placing Jake on the transfer-list with immediate effect to see if there are clubs in the Football League who will pay the necessary compensation. If no one comes in for him, then he will be a Barnet player next season.”
City chief Worthington has recognised Hyde’s predatory talents by pressing the club’s move for the striker. After leaving Swindon in 2009, Hyde had a brief stint at Weymouth before joining the Bees later that year.
Six goals in 17 outings led to a short time at the former Hayes & Yeading club before he went to Scotland. After just over a year north of the border appearing for Dundee and Dunfermline, for whom he notched nine goals in 17 outings, he returned south to link up again with Barnet.
In Barnet’s ill-fated 2012/13 relegation campaign he topped the North London club’s goals with 26 from 56 matches. Hyde again led the Bees’ plunder charts last term, scoring 12 times in 27 appearances.