Lanre Oyebanjo joins Crawley Town - updated

Lanre Oyebanjo joins Crawley Town

Lanre Oyebanjo joins Crawley Town

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LANRE OYEBANJO has signed for Crawley Town.

The right-back, who spent three years at York City, turned down a contract offer from the Minstermen to join the League One outfit, who finished mid-table last season, on a two-year deal.

Oyebanjo swept the major prizes at the inaugural York City Player of the Year Awards at York Racecourse last month following the club’s run to the play-offs - including taking the prestigious Billy Fenton Clubman of the Year Award as well as being named Players’ Player of the Year.

But the out-of-contract 24-year-old had expressed a desire to return closer to his family in London and the one-time youth player at West Ham United has opted to join former Aston Villa boss John Gregory at the Broadwood Stadium.

Oyebanjo scored City’s second goal in the FA Trophy final against Newport at Wembley two years ago and was a key part of ex-manager Gary Mills’ side that achieved promotion back to the Football League with a 2-1 victory over Luton Town in the Conference play-off final.

He made a total of 101 appearances for the Minstermen, scoring two goals.

The player told the Reds’ website: “I’m delighted to be a Crawley player. It’s a wrench to leave York because the club and fans were fantastic and I really enjoyed my time there.

“Crawley are an ambitious club and I’m looking forward to testing myself at League One level.

“I feel I can make a big impression here and I’m looking forward to the start of pre-season training in three weeks.”

Gregory added: “Lanre will be a terrific signing for us. He is a real athlete and an excellent defender.”

Sophie Hicks, York City’s communications and community director, said: “We are obviously disappointed Lanre is not staying.

“He had indicated to us that he had a desire to play in League One and that he also wished to move closer to his family in London, so it is not surprising he has opted for a move to Crawley Town.

“Lanre has been a great player and ambassador for York City Football Club and we sincerely wish him the very best for his future career and thank him for the great contribution he made during his three seasons at the club.”

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4:05pm Wed 4 Jun 14

dadster says...

No surprise to be honest. I wish him all the best as he's been great for City and will always be welcome back. One of only a few from the promotion winning team who really made the step up from the Conference to league level.

Interesting to see who NW gets to replace him but he will certainly be a big loss. However, I'm sure NW will have had contingencies in place as it was always likely he would move back south.
No surprise to be honest. I wish him all the best as he's been great for City and will always be welcome back. One of only a few from the promotion winning team who really made the step up from the Conference to league level. Interesting to see who NW gets to replace him but he will certainly be a big loss. However, I'm sure NW will have had contingencies in place as it was always likely he would move back south. dadster
  • Score: 20

4:08pm Wed 4 Jun 14

eborman says...

All the best banjo,will be missed
All the best banjo,will be missed eborman
  • Score: 13

4:14pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Southern Exile says...

Good luck Lanre, thanks for the last few years!!
Good luck Lanre, thanks for the last few years!! Southern Exile
  • Score: 9

4:15pm Wed 4 Jun 14

FortessBC says...

Wanted him to stay but always felt he would move on. Good luck Lanre you will be fondly remembered but many YCFC fans. A true competitor and gave his all for the team. His defensive heroics at Wembley against Luton will live long in the memory & his goal to seal the FA Trophy.
Wanted him to stay but always felt he would move on. Good luck Lanre you will be fondly remembered but many YCFC fans. A true competitor and gave his all for the team. His defensive heroics at Wembley against Luton will live long in the memory & his goal to seal the FA Trophy. FortessBC
  • Score: 12

4:18pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Y.I.P. says...

Good luck to you fella.
Good luck to you fella. Y.I.P.
  • Score: 7

4:19pm Wed 4 Jun 14

YCFC George says...

What a loss for the club.Not really a big surprise knowing he wants to be closer to his family. Nigels skills of bringing quality players will hopefully pay off and we can bring in another class right-back.

Good luck at Crawley Lanre !
What a loss for the club.Not really a big surprise knowing he wants to be closer to his family. Nigels skills of bringing quality players will hopefully pay off and we can bring in another class right-back. Good luck at Crawley Lanre ! YCFC George
  • Score: 14

4:24pm Wed 4 Jun 14

T.R.M1974 says...

One of the best pros we've had for a long time sorry to see you go lanre never will I forget that tackle in the playoffs final or playing with a fractured skull players like that are worth their weight in gold just a shame your of to crawley
One of the best pros we've had for a long time sorry to see you go lanre never will I forget that tackle in the playoffs final or playing with a fractured skull players like that are worth their weight in gold just a shame your of to crawley T.R.M1974
  • Score: 13

4:27pm Wed 4 Jun 14

rupertbehr says...

Disappointed Sophie ? ..........
I'm "Gutted" but wish nothing more for Lanre than my very best wishes
and a massive Thank you !!!
Disappointed Sophie ? .......... I'm "Gutted" but wish nothing more for Lanre than my very best wishes and a massive Thank you !!! rupertbehr
  • Score: 10

4:31pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Filofact! says...

Good luck Lanre... a good career move but wish you could have made League 1 with York City! Thanks for your contribution to YCFC.
Good luck Lanre... a good career move but wish you could have made League 1 with York City! Thanks for your contribution to YCFC. Filofact!
  • Score: 7

4:34pm Wed 4 Jun 14

rupertbehr says...

Ooops ...... I think that should have read "nothing less" :)
Ooops ...... I think that should have read "nothing less" :) rupertbehr
  • Score: 0

4:51pm Wed 4 Jun 14

23rdApril1966 says...

Excellent signing by Mills and three good season's service to YCFC. His clattering of the Luton forward at Wembley was a joy to behold..
One thing that I will not miss are his throw ins....if ever a fella conceded possession more than Lanre then I'd be surprised.
But a loss to the team for sure.
Is Luke O'Neill available I wonder. No appearances in the Championship so don't suppose it will be any easier now that they are in the Premiership? And lest we forget there were times when NW preferred him to Lanre.
One gripe.....a bit like Kiely all those years ago and Blair last Summer....I have no problems with players moving on to better themselves, but as with Bury and Fleetwood, are Crawley really a better long term bet than YCFC? Would it be a major surprise for the bubble to burst at Crawley?
Excellent signing by Mills and three good season's service to YCFC. His clattering of the Luton forward at Wembley was a joy to behold.. One thing that I will not miss are his throw ins....if ever a fella conceded possession more than Lanre then I'd be surprised. But a loss to the team for sure. Is Luke O'Neill available I wonder. No appearances in the Championship so don't suppose it will be any easier now that they are in the Premiership? And lest we forget there were times when NW preferred him to Lanre. One gripe.....a bit like Kiely all those years ago and Blair last Summer....I have no problems with players moving on to better themselves, but as with Bury and Fleetwood, are Crawley really a better long term bet than YCFC? Would it be a major surprise for the bubble to burst at Crawley? 23rdApril1966
  • Score: 10

4:57pm Wed 4 Jun 14

123york says...

Sorry to see you go, all the best in division 1!
Sorry to see you go, all the best in division 1! 123york
  • Score: 6

4:59pm Wed 4 Jun 14

duffy says...

23rdApril1966 wrote:
Excellent signing by Mills and three good season's service to YCFC. His clattering of the Luton forward at Wembley was a joy to behold..
One thing that I will not miss are his throw ins....if ever a fella conceded possession more than Lanre then I'd be surprised.
But a loss to the team for sure.
Is Luke O'Neill available I wonder. No appearances in the Championship so don't suppose it will be any easier now that they are in the Premiership? And lest we forget there were times when NW preferred him to Lanre.
One gripe.....a bit like Kiely all those years ago and Blair last Summer....I have no problems with players moving on to better themselves, but as with Bury and Fleetwood, are Crawley really a better long term bet than YCFC? Would it be a major surprise for the bubble to burst at Crawley?
O'Neill has been released so I would have thought Nigel would have already approached him to check if he was interested, everyone has known for some time Oyebanjo was off so no shock. Sadly though thats three of the back five gone so question marks for the new season in that regard.
[quote][p][bold]23rdApril1966[/bold] wrote: Excellent signing by Mills and three good season's service to YCFC. His clattering of the Luton forward at Wembley was a joy to behold.. One thing that I will not miss are his throw ins....if ever a fella conceded possession more than Lanre then I'd be surprised. But a loss to the team for sure. Is Luke O'Neill available I wonder. No appearances in the Championship so don't suppose it will be any easier now that they are in the Premiership? And lest we forget there were times when NW preferred him to Lanre. One gripe.....a bit like Kiely all those years ago and Blair last Summer....I have no problems with players moving on to better themselves, but as with Bury and Fleetwood, are Crawley really a better long term bet than YCFC? Would it be a major surprise for the bubble to burst at Crawley?[/p][/quote]O'Neill has been released so I would have thought Nigel would have already approached him to check if he was interested, everyone has known for some time Oyebanjo was off so no shock. Sadly though thats three of the back five gone so question marks for the new season in that regard. duffy
  • Score: 6

5:11pm Wed 4 Jun 14

23rdApril1966 says...

duffy wrote:
23rdApril1966 wrote:
Excellent signing by Mills and three good season's service to YCFC. His clattering of the Luton forward at Wembley was a joy to behold..
One thing that I will not miss are his throw ins....if ever a fella conceded possession more than Lanre then I'd be surprised.
But a loss to the team for sure.
Is Luke O'Neill available I wonder. No appearances in the Championship so don't suppose it will be any easier now that they are in the Premiership? And lest we forget there were times when NW preferred him to Lanre.
One gripe.....a bit like Kiely all those years ago and Blair last Summer....I have no problems with players moving on to better themselves, but as with Bury and Fleetwood, are Crawley really a better long term bet than YCFC? Would it be a major surprise for the bubble to burst at Crawley?
O'Neill has been released so I would have thought Nigel would have already approached him to check if he was interested, everyone has known for some time Oyebanjo was off so no shock. Sadly though thats three of the back five gone so question marks for the new season in that regard.
Think that's the problem at this level Duffy, so much personnel turnover that I always think you roll the dice and hope for a double six each close season. Last close season NW got anything but, but he sure rolled the dice well in January.
The 2.5 year contracts to Penn, McCombe and Lowe and now the offer of 3 years to Hyde (if concluded) does offer hope of more stability.
Would love to see O'Neill sign but suspect his wage demands will make that unlikely?
[quote][p][bold]duffy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]23rdApril1966[/bold] wrote: Excellent signing by Mills and three good season's service to YCFC. His clattering of the Luton forward at Wembley was a joy to behold.. One thing that I will not miss are his throw ins....if ever a fella conceded possession more than Lanre then I'd be surprised. But a loss to the team for sure. Is Luke O'Neill available I wonder. No appearances in the Championship so don't suppose it will be any easier now that they are in the Premiership? And lest we forget there were times when NW preferred him to Lanre. One gripe.....a bit like Kiely all those years ago and Blair last Summer....I have no problems with players moving on to better themselves, but as with Bury and Fleetwood, are Crawley really a better long term bet than YCFC? Would it be a major surprise for the bubble to burst at Crawley?[/p][/quote]O'Neill has been released so I would have thought Nigel would have already approached him to check if he was interested, everyone has known for some time Oyebanjo was off so no shock. Sadly though thats three of the back five gone so question marks for the new season in that regard.[/p][/quote]Think that's the problem at this level Duffy, so much personnel turnover that I always think you roll the dice and hope for a double six each close season. Last close season NW got anything but, but he sure rolled the dice well in January. The 2.5 year contracts to Penn, McCombe and Lowe and now the offer of 3 years to Hyde (if concluded) does offer hope of more stability. Would love to see O'Neill sign but suspect his wage demands will make that unlikely? 23rdApril1966
  • Score: 1

5:31pm Wed 4 Jun 14

THETELLEROFTALES says...

All the very best Lanre and heartfelt thanks.

Your game v Luton at Wembley was one of the great 'York City Defenders' performances in many a long year.

Awesome doesn't do it justice.

Lucky Crawley!
All the very best Lanre and heartfelt thanks. Your game v Luton at Wembley was one of the great 'York City Defenders' performances in many a long year. Awesome doesn't do it justice. Lucky Crawley! THETELLEROFTALES
  • Score: 8

5:38pm Wed 4 Jun 14

ian923 says...

Shame. Sad loss to the club. Surprised he has gone to an outfit like Crawley who won,t be tearing any trees up next season. Thought he could have done better than that.
Shame. Sad loss to the club. Surprised he has gone to an outfit like Crawley who won,t be tearing any trees up next season. Thought he could have done better than that. ian923
  • Score: 2

5:39pm Wed 4 Jun 14

PositiveFootball says...

Really disappointed that Lanre has gone his bravery and skill will be missed. Shame that City got nothing for him- just think how much we would have made in the last few years off player such as Blaire, Woolford and Donaldson had it been the old transfer system.
Really disappointed that Lanre has gone his bravery and skill will be missed. Shame that City got nothing for him- just think how much we would have made in the last few years off player such as Blaire, Woolford and Donaldson had it been the old transfer system. PositiveFootball
  • Score: 1

5:42pm Wed 4 Jun 14

North Lincs Minsterman says...

Good luck Lanre and thanks for the shirt, as it turns out the last one you wore for YCFC.
Good luck Lanre and thanks for the shirt, as it turns out the last one you wore for YCFC. North Lincs Minsterman
  • Score: 3

5:47pm Wed 4 Jun 14

bill bailey says...

Yep a fantastic servant. He's a young lad that wont be there for the rest of his playing days that's for sure .he has a good brain , good recovery. nothing would surprise me where he ends up in two years time. it wont be Crawley that's for sure. its good to know we helped him along the way.
Yep a fantastic servant. He's a young lad that wont be there for the rest of his playing days that's for sure .he has a good brain , good recovery. nothing would surprise me where he ends up in two years time. it wont be Crawley that's for sure. its good to know we helped him along the way. bill bailey
  • Score: 4

5:58pm Wed 4 Jun 14

RooBeck says...

Disappointing to be seeing Lanre leaving us but he must have his reasons and the pull of going nearer home, is a big one!! Good-luck at Crawley Town and maybe, we will be playing you in L1 in 2015/16 season?! Our loss is most certainly their gain, as they have signed a great prospect and maybe Roy Keane will be watching your development for the Euro 2016 qualifiers?! That second goal against Newport at Wembley in 2012, when Ashley Chambers crossed for you to finish off a terrific move(how many consecutive passes??), will live in the memories of City fans. Best Wishes for the future. COYR.
Disappointing to be seeing Lanre leaving us but he must have his reasons and the pull of going nearer home, is a big one!! Good-luck at Crawley Town and maybe, we will be playing you in L1 in 2015/16 season?! Our loss is most certainly their gain, as they have signed a great prospect and maybe Roy Keane will be watching your development for the Euro 2016 qualifiers?! That second goal against Newport at Wembley in 2012, when Ashley Chambers crossed for you to finish off a terrific move(how many consecutive passes??), will live in the memories of City fans. Best Wishes for the future. COYR. RooBeck
  • Score: 1

5:58pm Wed 4 Jun 14

OLD - HEAD says...

Such a big loss to York City losing Lanre Oyebanjo. However this was to be expected after we heard that he wanted to move nearer London. Always gave 100% in every game, Lanre will be a very hard act to follow.
Such a big loss to York City losing Lanre Oyebanjo. However this was to be expected after we heard that he wanted to move nearer London. Always gave 100% in every game, Lanre will be a very hard act to follow. OLD - HEAD
  • Score: 6

5:59pm Wed 4 Jun 14

it must be Gary Ford says...

Very sad loss... great ambassador and servant for the club, however, as his game came on leaps and bounds when playing along side Messers McCombe and Lowe I am sure that any replacement will fit right in and create another formidable back four next to our fantastic centre backs! Good luck Banjo, they don't deserve you!!!
Very sad loss... great ambassador and servant for the club, however, as his game came on leaps and bounds when playing along side Messers McCombe and Lowe I am sure that any replacement will fit right in and create another formidable back four next to our fantastic centre backs! Good luck Banjo, they don't deserve you!!! it must be Gary Ford
  • Score: 4

8:45pm Wed 4 Jun 14

ex1Yorks says...

duffy wrote:
23rdApril1966 wrote:
Excellent signing by Mills and three good season's service to YCFC. His clattering of the Luton forward at Wembley was a joy to behold..
One thing that I will not miss are his throw ins....if ever a fella conceded possession more than Lanre then I'd be surprised.
But a loss to the team for sure.
Is Luke O'Neill available I wonder. No appearances in the Championship so don't suppose it will be any easier now that they are in the Premiership? And lest we forget there were times when NW preferred him to Lanre.
One gripe.....a bit like Kiely all those years ago and Blair last Summer....I have no problems with players moving on to better themselves, but as with Bury and Fleetwood, are Crawley really a better long term bet than YCFC? Would it be a major surprise for the bubble to burst at Crawley?
O'Neill has been released so I would have thought Nigel would have already approached him to check if he was interested, everyone has known for some time Oyebanjo was off so no shock. Sadly though thats three of the back five gone so question marks for the new season in that regard.
O'Neil hasn't been released. Signed a new deal not so long back.
[quote][p][bold]duffy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]23rdApril1966[/bold] wrote: Excellent signing by Mills and three good season's service to YCFC. His clattering of the Luton forward at Wembley was a joy to behold.. One thing that I will not miss are his throw ins....if ever a fella conceded possession more than Lanre then I'd be surprised. But a loss to the team for sure. Is Luke O'Neill available I wonder. No appearances in the Championship so don't suppose it will be any easier now that they are in the Premiership? And lest we forget there were times when NW preferred him to Lanre. One gripe.....a bit like Kiely all those years ago and Blair last Summer....I have no problems with players moving on to better themselves, but as with Bury and Fleetwood, are Crawley really a better long term bet than YCFC? Would it be a major surprise for the bubble to burst at Crawley?[/p][/quote]O'Neill has been released so I would have thought Nigel would have already approached him to check if he was interested, everyone has known for some time Oyebanjo was off so no shock. Sadly though thats three of the back five gone so question marks for the new season in that regard.[/p][/quote]O'Neil hasn't been released. Signed a new deal not so long back. ex1Yorks
  • Score: 0

8:55pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Tug job says...

23rdApril1966 wrote:
Excellent signing by Mills and three good season's service to YCFC. His clattering of the Luton forward at Wembley was a joy to behold..
One thing that I will not miss are his throw ins....if ever a fella conceded possession more than Lanre then I'd be surprised.
But a loss to the team for sure.
Is Luke O'Neill available I wonder. No appearances in the Championship so don't suppose it will be any easier now that they are in the Premiership? And lest we forget there were times when NW preferred him to Lanre.
One gripe.....a bit like Kiely all those years ago and Blair last Summer....I have no problems with players moving on to better themselves, but as with Bury and Fleetwood, are Crawley really a better long term bet than YCFC? Would it be a major surprise for the bubble to burst at Crawley?
Crawley are a league higher, they pay higher wages and the place is much closer to London. Three good reasons why Lanre chose to move. All the best, Banjo, I'll always remember your second half performance in May 2012.
[quote][p][bold]23rdApril1966[/bold] wrote: Excellent signing by Mills and three good season's service to YCFC. His clattering of the Luton forward at Wembley was a joy to behold.. One thing that I will not miss are his throw ins....if ever a fella conceded possession more than Lanre then I'd be surprised. But a loss to the team for sure. Is Luke O'Neill available I wonder. No appearances in the Championship so don't suppose it will be any easier now that they are in the Premiership? And lest we forget there were times when NW preferred him to Lanre. One gripe.....a bit like Kiely all those years ago and Blair last Summer....I have no problems with players moving on to better themselves, but as with Bury and Fleetwood, are Crawley really a better long term bet than YCFC? Would it be a major surprise for the bubble to burst at Crawley?[/p][/quote]Crawley are a league higher, they pay higher wages and the place is much closer to London. Three good reasons why Lanre chose to move. All the best, Banjo, I'll always remember your second half performance in May 2012. Tug job
  • Score: 13

12:39pm Thu 5 Jun 14

tips says...

I too am really sorry to see Lanre go but he has given 3 years terrific service and effort for the club and I wish him well.
On a lighter note I am sorry that next season we will not have the distiniction of having the two full backs in the Division with the most unpronounceable names !!!! Probably a good thing for match commentators.
I trust NW will already have a replacement in mind hopefully Luke O Neill if available.
I too am really sorry to see Lanre go but he has given 3 years terrific service and effort for the club and I wish him well. On a lighter note I am sorry that next season we will not have the distiniction of having the two full backs in the Division with the most unpronounceable names !!!! Probably a good thing for match commentators. I trust NW will already have a replacement in mind hopefully Luke O Neill if available. tips
  • Score: 0

12:41pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Tiggster says...

Best wished for the future Banj. You have been great this season and we will always remember that goal at Wembley and the goal saving challenge on the line. You were already in the shop window but your performance in the home leg vs Fleetwood enhanced your profile too. Good luck at Crawley and thanks for 3 good years with the Miinstermen.
Best wished for the future Banj. You have been great this season and we will always remember that goal at Wembley and the goal saving challenge on the line. You were already in the shop window but your performance in the home leg vs Fleetwood enhanced your profile too. Good luck at Crawley and thanks for 3 good years with the Miinstermen. Tiggster
  • Score: 2

1:03pm Thu 5 Jun 14

madhatter2020 says...

Can't blame the lad for moving to a bigger club
Can't blame the lad for moving to a bigger club madhatter2020
  • Score: -15

1:26pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Justin7 says...

He's gone to a crap club that is close to financially imploding, so he clearly has terrible advise from his agent, which is a shame as I would want the best for him.

We'll be sure to wave as we pass them after next season.
He's gone to a crap club that is close to financially imploding, so he clearly has terrible advise from his agent, which is a shame as I would want the best for him. We'll be sure to wave as we pass them after next season. Justin7
  • Score: 9

1:44pm Thu 5 Jun 14

bill bailey says...

We have on here expressed our gratitude to the lad and wish him well. he should become a better player,( Not because he's gone to Crawley that would have happened here) .
Now we have, like he has move on, and give our support to the squad we now have, I got a feeling next season will be a defining period in the clubs history and we can go one better and no need for play offs.
There have been in the past some on here didn't realise how organised this club is, not those at the top wanting to make a few bob but how dedicated they are making the club for us to be proud of. Cant wait for the season to start and for all of us being opinionated .
We have on here expressed our gratitude to the lad and wish him well. he should become a better player,( Not because he's gone to Crawley that would have happened here) . Now we have, like he has move on, and give our support to the squad we now have, I got a feeling next season will be a defining period in the clubs history and we can go one better and no need for play offs. There have been in the past some on here didn't realise how organised this club is, not those at the top wanting to make a few bob but how dedicated they are making the club for us to be proud of. Cant wait for the season to start and for all of us being opinionated . bill bailey
  • Score: -1

9:47am Fri 6 Jun 14

Fat Harry says...

Very sad Oyebanjo's gone, but we knew it was coming, bar a miracle.

Even sadder that he's gone to Creepy; he could have done so much better for himself.
Very sad Oyebanjo's gone, but we knew it was coming, bar a miracle. Even sadder that he's gone to Creepy; he could have done so much better for himself. Fat Harry
  • Score: 2

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