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Banbury United manager Andy Whing on Oxford United, Swindon and Burton loanees

Byoxfordnewspaper

Sep 11, 2022

ANDY Whing says Banbury United are earning a reputation as an attractive place for Football League clubs to send their youngsters on loan.

The Puritans have taken Will Owens and Harry Parsons from Oxford United and Swindon Town respectively, while Burton Albion pair Ben Radcliffe and Charlie Williams have also arrived in north Oxfordshire.

It follows James Golding’s impressive loan spell last season, with the U’s teenager going on to break into the Republic of Ireland Under 19s set-up and play five first-team games this term.

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Success stories like that do not go unnoticed and Whing hopes Banbury continue to benefit from their links with Football League clubs.

He said: “We’ve brought a couple in from Burton Albion and they’re really keen to send us a few more players, same as Swindon.

“It shows how well we’ve done and how we treat their players.

“The players enjoy their football and that goes back to the clubs.”

The loanees have played their part in Banbury's excellent start to the Vanarama National League North campaign, helping their side to second place in their first season at that level.

Since Whing arrived in 2020, the Puritans have made a habit of signing young players released by higher-division clubs.

One of those was former Northampton Town winger Morgan Roberts, whose displays earned him a move to Swindon on transfer deadline day.

The Robins paid an undisclosed fee to sign the 21-year-old and Whing was pleased to see Banbury's model in action, although he was sad to see one of his star men leave.

“It’s frustrating to lose one of our best players, but we’re delighted for him,” he said.

“I drove into training and had a call from the head of recruitment to say Swindon were interested.

“There was a release clause and they met it.

“Morgan was at training and he said his goodbyes with our best wishes there and then.

“The first thing we said was ‘who’s going to be next to make that step up?’.

“We need to reinvest that money into finding the next one.”

Banbury return to National League North action on Tuesday with a trip to Peterborough Sports, who also went up from Premier Central last season.

This weekend’s fixtures were postponed following The Queen’s death on Thursday.