York City fight off competition to sign Alex Lawless

YORK City fought off the challenge of two Football League clubs to make Forest Green utility man Alex Lawless their seventh summer signing.

Lawless, 26, has signed a one-year deal for the Minstermen after coming to the end of his contract at the New Lawn, where he has spent the past three seasons.

The former Fulham trainee, who has also played for Torquay United, netted a spectacular goal past ex-Manchester United goalkeeper Roy Carroll for Forest Green against FA Cup opponents Derby in January before later getting sent off in the 4-3 defeat.

He also suffered a hairline fracture to his leg in the Gloucester club’s 2-1 April defeat at Bootham Crescent but has made a full recovery.

The former Welsh Under-21 international can play in a variety of different positions and City manager Martin Foyle said: “Alex is an Andy McWilliams type who can do various roles.

“He’s played most of his career at right-back but also had a lot of games on the right side and centre of midfield.

“He’s competent in all three positions and I would have no hesitation playing him in any of them.

“He’s a good footballer and a strong Conference player who will be a good asset for the club.

“I’ve been keeping tabs on him since I was coaching at Wrexham and we’ve beaten off a couple of League clubs for his signature.”

City right-back Ben Purkiss, meanwhile, has been selected for Great Britain’s World Student Games football team.

The competition, which sees GB pitted against Serbia, Mexico and Ghana in the group stages, is from June 30 to July 12.

Purkiss goes with Foyle’s blessing despite missing the start of pre-season training and the club’s first friendly at home to Leeds United.

The City boss added: “Hopefully this will make up for the fact Ben missed out on an England ‘C’ appearance due to injury last season.”

Foyle is also optimistic an amicable agreement can be reached with Barnsley over the transfer of striker Onome Sodje.

Despite offering Sodje a new deal in April, the Minstermen are expected to miss out on a compensation fee for the 20-year-old forward because he was playing for the club on a non-contract basis due to his lack of a work permit.

That has now been resolved, allowing Championship club Barnsley to acquire the Nigeria-born frontman’s services for free.

City are hoping, however, the FA will still consider an appeal for compensation.

Foyle added: “There will be no falling out with Barnsley. I did my ‘A’ licence with their manager Simon Davey.

“He is a decent lad and a good friend who will deal with things properly at his end. The two chairmen have a good relationship as well and everybody wants everything done the right way.”

Following Sodje’s departure, Foyle added he may recruit another striker to join Richard Brodie, Michael Rankine, Richard Pacquette, Adam Boyes and Michael Emmerson on the roster.

He said: “We are still hoping to bring in two or three players and there’s scope to strengthen.”

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10:36am Thu 18 Jun 09

Big Fella says...

I was one of Martin's 'knockers' and did not want him to keep the job but I must admit, all I am getting from him are positives. He seems to know what he's doing on the scouting front so let's hope that it carries on to the managerial front.

Good news that we've beaten 2 league clubs.

I hate to say it but I've got a good feeling about this season......
I was one of Martin's 'knockers' and did not want him to keep the job but I must admit, all I am getting from him are positives. He seems to know what he's doing on the scouting front so let's hope that it carries on to the managerial front. Good news that we've beaten 2 league clubs. I hate to say it but I've got a good feeling about this season...... Big Fella

10:48am Thu 18 Jun 09

rogue84 says...

I think you are right 'Big-Fella', Mr Foyle seems to know exactly the players he wants in certain positions, and appears to have got his 1st choices too.
I'd still like to see Holmes arrive, but can't argue with what we've seen so far in the transfer market. Especially after the bumbling, and quite honestly, random selection process of Colin Walker last summer.
I think you are right 'Big-Fella', Mr Foyle seems to know exactly the players he wants in certain positions, and appears to have got his 1st choices too. I'd still like to see Holmes arrive, but can't argue with what we've seen so far in the transfer market. Especially after the bumbling, and quite honestly, random selection process of Colin Walker last summer. rogue84

1:32pm Thu 18 Jun 09

Imp says...

While I think some of the signings, in particular the two strikers, are not the most inspiring, the important thing is to look at the TEAM.

Foyle has obviously spent the last 6 months assessing the league we are in, identifying the weaknesses in the squad, identifying solutions to those deficiencies, and has then gone out to put a complete, balanced squad together before pre-season begins. He's already made it clear there's another mdifielder and another defender to come, and may add another striker too.

Just as important, if not more so, he’s got a clear tactical plan in mind and it’s not some over-complicated masterplan that players at this level won’t be able to execute. Good defence, ball-winners in the middle, two proper wingers, physical presence up front. Not necessarily pretty, but potentially effective.

Pacquette and Rankine may not be 20+ a season men, but if the three forwards can get 45 goals between them, another 15 from midfield, and maybe a few from the back, we’ll be progressing.


I’d also hope that even Foyle’s staunchest critics would acknowledge that comments about his scouting network and contacts back in January have proved unfounded.
While I think some of the signings, in particular the two strikers, are not the most inspiring, the important thing is to look at the TEAM. Foyle has obviously spent the last 6 months assessing the league we are in, identifying the weaknesses in the squad, identifying solutions to those deficiencies, and has then gone out to put a complete, balanced squad together before pre-season begins. He's already made it clear there's another mdifielder and another defender to come, and may add another striker too. Just as important, if not more so, he’s got a clear tactical plan in mind and it’s not some over-complicated masterplan that players at this level won’t be able to execute. Good defence, ball-winners in the middle, two proper wingers, physical presence up front. Not necessarily pretty, but potentially effective. Pacquette and Rankine may not be 20+ a season men, but if the three forwards can get 45 goals between them, another 15 from midfield, and maybe a few from the back, we’ll be progressing. I’d also hope that even Foyle’s staunchest critics would acknowledge that comments about his scouting network and contacts back in January have proved unfounded. Imp

1:43pm Thu 18 Jun 09

Imp says...

Just read this:

Since Onome Sodje signed for Barnsley as part of its new development strategy there have been a lot of column inches spent questioning the manner in which it all happened. It was reported that York City had fought hard for Onome not to be deported and to be allowed to stay in the UK, but Eseyoma Sodje, who dealt with Barnsley on behalf of Onome has rejected that statement.

"Onome never recevied a letter to be deported. When we first applied for residency it was accepted, however that was changed because of a mistake and we were allowed to appeal. By then Onome had gone to York City and as a matter of course, because he was playing there, they continued to process for getting his residency.

"The York manager was informed before Onome put pen to paper on a deal to go to Barnsley and he wished him the best.

"Of course we are grateful for the opportunity Onome has had at York City, but going to a Championship club is something you cannot turn down.

"During the two years Onome played at York he received expenses, but was unpaid as a player. It has been mentioned that York paid £5,000 towards fees in getting the residency issue sorted out, but Onome is owed much more from the club.

"During that time at York City it is his family that have helped out financially towards his costs in pursuing a football career and York City themselves signed him for free.

"He had been offered a contract at York City and was given 28 days to sign. That period ended on the 8th June so it was clear from that he was not going to be signing it.

"It is sad that there has been so much made of the deportation issue when that clearly had not been threatened. On top of that people saying they are York fans have somehow got hold of Onome's mobile number and he has had quite a lot of abusive phone calls.

Some commentary has been made on disreputable agents being involved, but Onome signed without the use of an agent.

No doubt much of the fuss has been because York City will not be getting a fee for Onome Sodje, but hopefully the matter will be put to rest and Onome can look forward to playing for Barnsley."

Just read this: Since Onome Sodje signed for Barnsley as part of its new development strategy there have been a lot of column inches spent questioning the manner in which it all happened. It was reported that York City had fought hard for Onome not to be deported and to be allowed to stay in the UK, but Eseyoma Sodje, who dealt with Barnsley on behalf of Onome has rejected that statement. "Onome never recevied a letter to be deported. When we first applied for residency it was accepted, however that was changed because of a mistake and we were allowed to appeal. By then Onome had gone to York City and as a matter of course, because he was playing there, they continued to process for getting his residency. "The York manager was informed before Onome put pen to paper on a deal to go to Barnsley and he wished him the best. "Of course we are grateful for the opportunity Onome has had at York City, but going to a Championship club is something you cannot turn down. "During the two years Onome played at York he received expenses, but was unpaid as a player. It has been mentioned that York paid £5,000 towards fees in getting the residency issue sorted out, but Onome is owed much more from the club. "During that time at York City it is his family that have helped out financially towards his costs in pursuing a football career and York City themselves signed him for free. "He had been offered a contract at York City and was given 28 days to sign. That period ended on the 8th June so it was clear from that he was not going to be signing it. "It is sad that there has been so much made of the deportation issue when that clearly had not been threatened. On top of that people saying they are York fans have somehow got hold of Onome's mobile number and he has had quite a lot of abusive phone calls. Some commentary has been made on disreputable agents being involved, but Onome signed without the use of an agent. No doubt much of the fuss has been because York City will not be getting a fee for Onome Sodje, but hopefully the matter will be put to rest and Onome can look forward to playing for Barnsley." Imp

1:52pm Thu 18 Jun 09

speaks99 says...

Interesting article Imp - I'm guessing it is in response to York threatening to go to a tribunal and is trying to paint a different picture to muddy the waters..
Interesting article Imp - I'm guessing it is in response to York threatening to go to a tribunal and is trying to paint a different picture to muddy the waters.. speaks99

2:00pm Thu 18 Jun 09

Alan Fetish says...

Interesting indeed, Imp. No agents to criticise, Onome playing without wages, Foyle in fact acknowledging the move in advance of it happening. Our own picture is starting to be painted in a much darker light. If this is all true, and there seems little reason why it shouldn't be, I think we are best suited to leave the case behind. Previously I thought it worthwhile campaigning for some compensation - now not so sure. As several people have said previously, he wasn't wanted on our books for another two years, so in many ways the favour has been paid. As for the abuse received by Sodje, that is disgusting. And, sadly, from a lot of the posts on this forum, unsurprising. There is a line that needs to be drawn where people appreciate, ultimately, it's only football.
Interesting indeed, Imp. No agents to criticise, Onome playing without wages, Foyle in fact acknowledging the move in advance of it happening. Our own picture is starting to be painted in a much darker light. If this is all true, and there seems little reason why it shouldn't be, I think we are best suited to leave the case behind. Previously I thought it worthwhile campaigning for some compensation - now not so sure. As several people have said previously, he wasn't wanted on our books for another two years, so in many ways the favour has been paid. As for the abuse received by Sodje, that is disgusting. And, sadly, from a lot of the posts on this forum, unsurprising. There is a line that needs to be drawn where people appreciate, ultimately, it's only football. Alan Fetish

2:00pm Thu 18 Jun 09

PDH says...

How could foyle have been suprised if he had wished sodjie all the best before he signed? It also had been stated that sodjie couldnt be contacted, so if he couldnt be contacted how could he have been wished all the best? As always differant storys appear, will we ever know the truth
How could foyle have been suprised if he had wished sodjie all the best before he signed? It also had been stated that sodjie couldnt be contacted, so if he couldnt be contacted how could he have been wished all the best? As always differant storys appear, will we ever know the truth PDH

2:07pm Thu 18 Jun 09

Meggaz says...

One way or the other the OS issue will get sorted.

The most important thing is to recognise the efforts of the York City Management and Board to make us a bit of a force in this division and to give us a real chance of success. I find that rather exciting personally.

Positions where we were vulnerable last have been strengthened by the signing of quality players and there's still more to come we're promised. I can't wait for the new season to start!
One way or the other the OS issue will get sorted. The most important thing is to recognise the efforts of the York City Management and Board to make us a bit of a force in this division and to give us a real chance of success. I find that rather exciting personally. Positions where we were vulnerable last have been strengthened by the signing of quality players and there's still more to come we're promised. I can't wait for the new season to start! Meggaz

2:12pm Thu 18 Jun 09

cityforthepremier says...

unfortunately tho i have to disagree with the statement of york city owing onome so much more, was it not they who gave him an opportunity to play football and put himself in the shop window? i think the least he could do knowing the position and the finanacial situation of the club he should or barnsley put something our way.
unfortunately tho i have to disagree with the statement of york city owing onome so much more, was it not they who gave him an opportunity to play football and put himself in the shop window? i think the least he could do knowing the position and the finanacial situation of the club he should or barnsley put something our way. cityforthepremier

2:31pm Thu 18 Jun 09

Turnstile_Yorkie says...

Be a good squad member. Will be relying more on 'twinkle-toes' Adam Smith and Nelthorpe for next season with the big lads upfront
Be a good squad member. Will be relying more on 'twinkle-toes' Adam Smith and Nelthorpe for next season with the big lads upfront Turnstile_Yorkie

2:40pm Thu 18 Jun 09

Alan Fetish says...

cityforthepremier wrote:
unfortunately tho i have to disagree with the statement of york city owing onome so much more, was it not they who gave him an opportunity to play football and put himself in the shop window? i think the least he could do knowing the position and the finanacial situation of the club he should or barnsley put something our way.
With respect, Ebbsfleet - a very comparable team these days - were already giving him that opportunity before we took him off them for free.
[quote][p][bold]cityforthepremier[/bold] wrote: unfortunately tho i have to disagree with the statement of york city owing onome so much more, was it not they who gave him an opportunity to play football and put himself in the shop window? i think the least he could do knowing the position and the finanacial situation of the club he should or barnsley put something our way.[/p][/quote]With respect, Ebbsfleet - a very comparable team these days - were already giving him that opportunity before we took him off them for free. Alan Fetish

2:43pm Thu 18 Jun 09

Imp says...

No agent, maybe, but certainly a family member acting as an agent? Definitely.

The point about wages is sort-of true, the York statement said as much, but what constitutes "expenses"? I bet it's not just rail fare and a packed lunch.

And as for “deportation”, that was not in the club statement, just the Press version of it. The club just said his appeal for ILR was turned down. Which would actually raise the possibility of deportation. But nobody said it was threatened.

So on all those points, Sodje’s representative seems to be being economical with the truth.


As for communication between Sodje and the club, basically, someone is lying. It's either us or them, and right now I'm afraid I suspect them, for the points above.

There is another possibility. Maybe both statements are true, and it all depends how you read it. What Sodje’s “not-at-all-an-age
nt” has said is that Sodje spoke to Foyle before he “put pen to paper”. But he doesn’t say when that occured.
Maybe he posed for pictures, Barnsley made their announcement etc. York and Foyle hear about it. At that point York speak to the player at last, and then he signs. No-one actually lying, but Sodje’s representative being a little economical with the truth for the fourth time in the same statement?
No agent, maybe, but certainly a family member acting as an agent? Definitely. The point about wages is sort-of true, the York statement said as much, but what constitutes "expenses"? I bet it's not just rail fare and a packed lunch. And as for “deportation”, that was not in the club statement, just the Press version of it. The club just said his appeal for ILR was turned down. Which would actually raise the possibility of deportation. But nobody said it was threatened. So on all those points, Sodje’s representative seems to be being economical with the truth. As for communication between Sodje and the club, basically, someone is lying. It's either us or them, and right now I'm afraid I suspect them, for the points above. There is another possibility. Maybe both statements are true, and it all depends how you read it. What Sodje’s “not-at-all-an-age nt” has said is that Sodje spoke to Foyle before he “put pen to paper”. But he doesn’t say when that occured. Maybe he posed for pictures, Barnsley made their announcement etc. York and Foyle hear about it. At that point York speak to the player at last, and then he signs. No-one actually lying, but Sodje’s representative being a little economical with the truth for the fourth time in the same statement? Imp

3:03pm Thu 18 Jun 09

g-se4lby says...

What a messthis Sodje thing is- I think we shall have to bite the bullet and accept we will not be getting a significant fee from Barnsley. I think Martin Foyle is the best chance we have of going forward, and getting back to the league and get out of this poxy conference. I have been watching at Bootham crescent since 1971 and have never seen such rubbish as was offered by Colin Walker. These new signings seem very well thought out and not just made because of who was avadable at thetime.
So lets put all this behind us and get behind the club the team and the manager for the coming season
What a messthis Sodje thing is- I think we shall have to bite the bullet and accept we will not be getting a significant fee from Barnsley. I think Martin Foyle is the best chance we have of going forward, and getting back to the league and get out of this poxy conference. I have been watching at Bootham crescent since 1971 and have never seen such rubbish as was offered by Colin Walker. These new signings seem very well thought out and not just made because of who was avadable at thetime. So lets put all this behind us and get behind the club the team and the manager for the coming season g-se4lby

3:31pm Thu 18 Jun 09

calders says...

I am very encouraged by the FGR fans forum comments about Lawless. They are genuinely gutted that he is leaving. Another potentially good signing- and as has been stated it does seem as if MF has a clear vision of tactics and style for his new squad. I admit I was dead against him continuing but I must admit that, on paper at least, we look alot better than 12 months ago.
I am very encouraged by the FGR fans forum comments about Lawless. They are genuinely gutted that he is leaving. Another potentially good signing- and as has been stated it does seem as if MF has a clear vision of tactics and style for his new squad. I admit I was dead against him continuing but I must admit that, on paper at least, we look alot better than 12 months ago. calders

3:40pm Thu 18 Jun 09

Romfordpele says...

I think the Sodje situation is being blown a little out of proportion. You get the impression Foyle had no real desire to keep him and plenty of fans seemed to be fed up with him by the end of last season.

On the signing of Lawless I think it's a useful squad addition most importantly with Conference experience. A big commanding centre half and a skillful centre midfielder are now needed to complete the squad.

In reply to Imp, I have to pull you up about Foyle spending six months getting used to his league at City. He was assistant at Wrexham before arriving here, and the Welsh club are still trying to clear out some of the players he helped bring in last summer who turned out to be flops.
I think the Sodje situation is being blown a little out of proportion. You get the impression Foyle had no real desire to keep him and plenty of fans seemed to be fed up with him by the end of last season. On the signing of Lawless I think it's a useful squad addition most importantly with Conference experience. A big commanding centre half and a skillful centre midfielder are now needed to complete the squad. In reply to Imp, I have to pull you up about Foyle spending six months getting used to his league at City. He was assistant at Wrexham before arriving here, and the Welsh club are still trying to clear out some of the players he helped bring in last summer who turned out to be flops. Romfordpele

3:57pm Thu 18 Jun 09

Punk_Ian says...

Big Fella wrote:
I was one of Martin's 'knockers' and did not want him to keep the job but I must admit, all I am getting from him are positives. He seems to know what he's doing on the scouting front so let's hope that it carries on to the managerial front.

Good news that we've beaten 2 league clubs.

I hate to say it but I've got a good feeling about this season......
Snap Big Fella, that's the same as me
[quote][p][bold]Big Fella[/bold] wrote: I was one of Martin's 'knockers' and did not want him to keep the job but I must admit, all I am getting from him are positives. He seems to know what he's doing on the scouting front so let's hope that it carries on to the managerial front. Good news that we've beaten 2 league clubs. I hate to say it but I've got a good feeling about this season......[/p][/quote]Snap Big Fella, that's the same as me Punk_Ian

4:17pm Thu 18 Jun 09

Alan Fetish says...

Wow, just been reading through the FGR fans forum as Calders suggested - and Lawless soudns quite the capture. Unanimously the fans rate him as their worst loss (of a fair few) this Summer and are surprised he didn't move up a league. Notably several comment that he stepped up to the plate when played in midfield. They certainly rate him higher there than when played at right=back. It sounds as though the technical side of his game is where he's strongest. Another name at each stage of the spine of the team and we could be cooking..
Wow, just been reading through the FGR fans forum as Calders suggested - and Lawless soudns quite the capture. Unanimously the fans rate him as their worst loss (of a fair few) this Summer and are surprised he didn't move up a league. Notably several comment that he stepped up to the plate when played in midfield. They certainly rate him higher there than when played at right=back. It sounds as though the technical side of his game is where he's strongest. Another name at each stage of the spine of the team and we could be cooking.. Alan Fetish

4:28pm Thu 18 Jun 09

Alan Fetish says...

Here's the FGR vs. Derby game in question. Lawless's goal is 50 seconds in. Even the great commentary isn't enough to make the effort the 'spectacular' strike as Dave Flett suggested, but it's a good finish by anyone's standards.

http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=jObsBUpP4
Es
Here's the FGR vs. Derby game in question. Lawless's goal is 50 seconds in. Even the great commentary isn't enough to make the effort the 'spectacular' strike as Dave Flett suggested, but it's a good finish by anyone's standards. http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=jObsBUpP4 Es Alan Fetish

4:29pm Thu 18 Jun 09

OLD - HEAD says...

Like everyone else I am getting a bit sick of hearing about Onome Sodje. He has gone now, so lets forget about him. As far as I am concerned anything we receive from a tribunal will be a bonus. Interesting comments from Ebbsfleet supporters who offer York no sypathy. Evidently they believe that York City stole him in the first place. Heard on the radio that Martin Foyle believes we are very close to signing a Centre Back and another Midfielder. I echo the comments about the new signings, as we definately needed to revitalise the squad. If they can all blend together City could be a much tougher outfit and harder to beat - "Lets hope so".
Like everyone else I am getting a bit sick of hearing about Onome Sodje. He has gone now, so lets forget about him. As far as I am concerned anything we receive from a tribunal will be a bonus. Interesting comments from Ebbsfleet supporters who offer York no sypathy. Evidently they believe that York City stole him in the first place. Heard on the radio that Martin Foyle believes we are very close to signing a Centre Back and another Midfielder. I echo the comments about the new signings, as we definately needed to revitalise the squad. If they can all blend together City could be a much tougher outfit and harder to beat - "Lets hope so". OLD - HEAD

4:33pm Thu 18 Jun 09

barmbymoorminstermen says...

Sodje sodje sodje... boring.. the lad isnt good enough for the conference let alone the championship, and i am sure foyle would have been quite happy for him to go at the end of last season. He will be loaned out to Farsley Celtic by mid november. Sounds like we have signed some players that will run their socks off for the club, if they do that the fans will get behind them. I would still like to see a proven goalscorer come to the club but they don't come cheap, if we get holmes thats another quality player. Tough league this year, Luton, oxford, wimbledon, stevenage all going to be strong.. I'm quite optomistic for the coming season, get behind Foyle this season with his players, we are on the up!
Sodje sodje sodje... boring.. the lad isnt good enough for the conference let alone the championship, and i am sure foyle would have been quite happy for him to go at the end of last season. He will be loaned out to Farsley Celtic by mid november. Sounds like we have signed some players that will run their socks off for the club, if they do that the fans will get behind them. I would still like to see a proven goalscorer come to the club but they don't come cheap, if we get holmes thats another quality player. Tough league this year, Luton, oxford, wimbledon, stevenage all going to be strong.. I'm quite optomistic for the coming season, get behind Foyle this season with his players, we are on the up! barmbymoorminstermen

4:36pm Thu 18 Jun 09

Imp says...

Romfordpele wrote:
I think the Sodje situation is being blown a little out of proportion. You get the impression Foyle had no real desire to keep him and plenty of fans seemed to be fed up with him by the end of last season. On the signing of Lawless I think it's a useful squad addition most importantly with Conference experience. A big commanding centre half and a skillful centre midfielder are now needed to complete the squad. In reply to Imp, I have to pull you up about Foyle spending six months getting used to his league at City. He was assistant at Wrexham before arriving here, and the Welsh club are still trying to clear out some of the players he helped bring in last summer who turned out to be flops.
Big difference between being assistant and being the manager. Ask anyone. As assistant, you are trying to make recommendations based on what the manager wants. And at that point he'd no experience of the league. Oh, and players don't only fail because of lack of ability. A good player may just find his face doesn't fit.

Oxford would be a good example, pre-Wilder. Good players, managed badly = flops.
Managed properly - success.


So, Foyle has had six months as a MANAGER getting used to this league and it's requirements. Is that clearer?
[quote][p][bold]Romfordpele[/bold] wrote: I think the Sodje situation is being blown a little out of proportion. You get the impression Foyle had no real desire to keep him and plenty of fans seemed to be fed up with him by the end of last season. On the signing of Lawless I think it's a useful squad addition most importantly with Conference experience. A big commanding centre half and a skillful centre midfielder are now needed to complete the squad. In reply to Imp, I have to pull you up about Foyle spending six months getting used to his league at City. He was assistant at Wrexham before arriving here, and the Welsh club are still trying to clear out some of the players he helped bring in last summer who turned out to be flops.[/p][/quote]Big difference between being assistant and being the manager. Ask anyone. As assistant, you are trying to make recommendations based on what the manager wants. And at that point he'd no experience of the league. Oh, and players don't only fail because of lack of ability. A good player may just find his face doesn't fit. Oxford would be a good example, pre-Wilder. Good players, managed badly = flops. Managed properly - success. So, Foyle has had six months as a MANAGER getting used to this league and it's requirements. Is that clearer? Imp

8:33am Fri 19 Jun 09

clueless says...

Imp wrote:
Just read this: Since Onome Sodje signed for Barnsley as part of its new development strategy there have been a lot of column inches spent questioning the manner in which it all happened. It was reported that York City had fought hard for Onome not to be deported and to be allowed to stay in the UK, but Eseyoma Sodje, who dealt with Barnsley on behalf of Onome has rejected that statement. "Onome never recevied a letter to be deported. When we first applied for residency it was accepted, however that was changed because of a mistake and we were allowed to appeal. By then Onome had gone to York City and as a matter of course, because he was playing there, they continued to process for getting his residency. "The York manager was informed before Onome put pen to paper on a deal to go to Barnsley and he wished him the best. "Of course we are grateful for the opportunity Onome has had at York City, but going to a Championship club is something you cannot turn down. "During the two years Onome played at York he received expenses, but was unpaid as a player. It has been mentioned that York paid £5,000 towards fees in getting the residency issue sorted out, but Onome is owed much more from the club. "During that time at York City it is his family that have helped out financially towards his costs in pursuing a football career and York City themselves signed him for free. "He had been offered a contract at York City and was given 28 days to sign. That period ended on the 8th June so it was clear from that he was not going to be signing it. "It is sad that there has been so much made of the deportation issue when that clearly had not been threatened. On top of that people saying they are York fans have somehow got hold of Onome's mobile number and he has had quite a lot of abusive phone calls. Some commentary has been made on disreputable agents being involved, but Onome signed without the use of an agent. No doubt much of the fuss has been because York City will not be getting a fee for Onome Sodje, but hopefully the matter will be put to rest and Onome can look forward to playing for Barnsley."
somebody's lying then, either at Sodje's end or City's . . .
[quote][p][bold]Imp[/bold] wrote: Just read this: Since Onome Sodje signed for Barnsley as part of its new development strategy there have been a lot of column inches spent questioning the manner in which it all happened. It was reported that York City had fought hard for Onome not to be deported and to be allowed to stay in the UK, but Eseyoma Sodje, who dealt with Barnsley on behalf of Onome has rejected that statement. "Onome never recevied a letter to be deported. When we first applied for residency it was accepted, however that was changed because of a mistake and we were allowed to appeal. By then Onome had gone to York City and as a matter of course, because he was playing there, they continued to process for getting his residency. "The York manager was informed before Onome put pen to paper on a deal to go to Barnsley and he wished him the best. "Of course we are grateful for the opportunity Onome has had at York City, but going to a Championship club is something you cannot turn down. "During the two years Onome played at York he received expenses, but was unpaid as a player. It has been mentioned that York paid £5,000 towards fees in getting the residency issue sorted out, but Onome is owed much more from the club. "During that time at York City it is his family that have helped out financially towards his costs in pursuing a football career and York City themselves signed him for free. "He had been offered a contract at York City and was given 28 days to sign. That period ended on the 8th June so it was clear from that he was not going to be signing it. "It is sad that there has been so much made of the deportation issue when that clearly had not been threatened. On top of that people saying they are York fans have somehow got hold of Onome's mobile number and he has had quite a lot of abusive phone calls. Some commentary has been made on disreputable agents being involved, but Onome signed without the use of an agent. No doubt much of the fuss has been because York City will not be getting a fee for Onome Sodje, but hopefully the matter will be put to rest and Onome can look forward to playing for Barnsley." [/p][/quote]somebody's lying then, either at Sodje's end or City's . . . clueless

9:25am Fri 19 Jun 09

Who's The TW*T in the Black ? says...

Turnstile_Yorkie wrote:
Be a good squad member. Will be relying more on 'twinkle-toes' Adam Smith and Nelthorpe for next season with the big lads upfront
Joe, come on, we are relying in Ingham staying strong in goal and the goal scorers scoring. and the 'Twinkle Toes' wingers are a bonus if we can get them going and get some good service to the strikers.
[quote][p][bold]Turnstile_Yorkie[/bold] wrote: Be a good squad member. Will be relying more on 'twinkle-toes' Adam Smith and Nelthorpe for next season with the big lads upfront[/p][/quote]Joe, come on, we are relying in Ingham staying strong in goal and the goal scorers scoring. and the 'Twinkle Toes' wingers are a bonus if we can get them going and get some good service to the strikers. Who's The TW*T in the Black ?

11:05am Fri 19 Jun 09

Turnstile_Yorkie says...

Matty matty brown tut tut tut we all know that ingham is a very very important player i was talking in terms of comnpared to last season the wingers will be a lot more prominent.
Matty matty brown tut tut tut we all know that ingham is a very very important player i was talking in terms of comnpared to last season the wingers will be a lot more prominent. Turnstile_Yorkie

11:34am Fri 19 Jun 09

Imp says...

Quite right Turnstile, the wingers are clearly key to our attacking strategy next season.
Quite right Turnstile, the wingers are clearly key to our attacking strategy next season. Imp

11:38am Fri 19 Jun 09

Yorkie_123456789 says...

what is the r&b website ?
what is the r&b website ? Yorkie_123456789

12:28pm Fri 19 Jun 09

Yorkie69 says...

i too am impressed with the signings so far and heartened that there may be a ciuple more coming in. Regarding Jon Maloney. Four years as a sports science student at the University of Montevallo should make him a prized asset as he can help off the field as well as on it. He did well when he was at York before so I hope we can give hima trial.
i too am impressed with the signings so far and heartened that there may be a ciuple more coming in. Regarding Jon Maloney. Four years as a sports science student at the University of Montevallo should make him a prized asset as he can help off the field as well as on it. He did well when he was at York before so I hope we can give hima trial. Yorkie69

7:03pm Fri 19 Jun 09

yorkshirecalling says...

Yorkie69 wrote:
i too am impressed with the signings so far and heartened that there may be a ciuple more coming in. Regarding Jon Maloney. Four years as a sports science student at the University of Montevallo should make him a prized asset as he can help off the field as well as on it. He did well when he was at York before so I hope we can give hima trial.
Shall we ask Purkiss if he can represent us at the Sodje tribunal as well?

What a weak case for taking a player on.
[quote][p][bold]Yorkie69[/bold] wrote: i too am impressed with the signings so far and heartened that there may be a ciuple more coming in. Regarding Jon Maloney. Four years as a sports science student at the University of Montevallo should make him a prized asset as he can help off the field as well as on it. He did well when he was at York before so I hope we can give hima trial.[/p][/quote]Shall we ask Purkiss if he can represent us at the Sodje tribunal as well? What a weak case for taking a player on. yorkshirecalling

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