Sodje signs for Tykes

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Nigerian striker Onome Sodje has stunned York City by joining Barnsley on a free transfer.

Striker walks out on York in order to join Championship outfit

Nigerian striker Onome Sodje has stunned York City by joining Barnsley on a free transfer. The 20-year-old, who is a nephew to the famous Sodje band of sporting brothers, has spent the last two seasons with the Minstermen playing on a non-contract basis. City lobbied on behalf of the youngster when he was threatened with deportation back to his homeland and believed they were set to tie him down on a full-time deal. However, they have seen the highly-rated frontman walk out on the club, leaving them disappointed and unable to claim compensation. York insists they will pursue all avenues in an effort to gain financial reward from the Tykes, but accept their cause is unlikely to be successful.

Restructuring

In contrast to the despondency sweeping around KitKat Crescent in the wake of the move, Barnsley boss Simon Davey is delighted to have landed a player he regards as a hot prospect for the future. "As part of the restructuring of the playing side we will have a development squad for players like Reuben (Noble-Lazarus), Jamil (Adam) and Jordan (Hibbert) and Onome will be part of that," he told the club's official website. "Onome is one for the future and a player we are looking forward to working with here at Oakwell. "He is lightening quick, with an eye for goal, a lot of potential and someone we feel can improve and develop here at Oakwell." Onome began his career as a trainee at Charlton Athletic and enjoyed a spell at Ebbsfleet United before joining York in 2007.

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