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It all adds up for Lanre

7 June 2014

Club News

It all adds up for Lanre

7 June 2014

New signing sums up his move to Reds

John Gregory admits with a smile that new signing Lanre Oyebanjo checked over the two-year contract he signed this week with more care than is usually the case.

It's no surprise really because Lanre, as well as being a talented footballer, has also a degree in Mathematics, having completed his studies at York University while playing for his previous club in the town.

"I graduated with a 2:1 from City University last year," said the Londoner, who joined Crawley on Wednesday after two years at Bootham Crescent.

"I was always pretty smart at school and I wanted to use the spare time I had in football wisely. I did A Levels in Maths, Psychology and PE. I am always thinking what to do after I stop playing.

"If i wasn't playing football I would probably be doing something involving Maths but I hope I have got a bright future ahead of me at Crawley and I don't have to use my degree for a while."

Having started at West Ham as a youngster, Lanre had to drop into non-league before making his way back into the pro ranks. At York he was last season's player of the year and helped them reach the League Two play-offs a year after they won promotion back to the Football League and won the FA Trophy at Wembley - thanks to Lanre's goal.

But he was keen for a new challenge back near London and said JG sold the club to him well.

"It just feels right," he said. "I got such good vibes from the manager and the people behind the scenes at the club have been very friendly and professional. 

"I'm glad everything is sorted and I am looking forward to pre-season training. I played with Ryan (Dickson) at Brentford and I know Josh Simpson from my Histon days so I am sure I will settle in quickly here."

You can watch some clips of Lanre in action on our YouTube channel. 

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