Ben Godfrey is hoping the money his old club York City received as a result of his move to Everton can help them get back to to the level where “they should be”.
Godfrey joined the Blues during the summer transfer window from Norwich City for a fee believed to be in the region of £20million.
But York inserted a sell-on clause of a reported 10 percent into the deal when he signed for the Canaries on his 18th birthday on January 15, 2016.
The defender began his professional career with the Minstermen, making his first-team debut at the age of 17, before going to make 15 appearances for his hometown club.
York, who are currently managed by former Blues defender Steve Watson, were one of football’s hard-luck stories last term as the coronavirus pandemic denied them the chance of promotion.
They were top of the table when the regular season ended early but did not go up automatically because the final placings were decided on a points-per-game basis which saw second place King’s Lynn Town who had two fewer points from two less games awarded the title instead, giving them an average of 2.00 as opposed to York’s 1.94.
Watson’s men were given a second bite of the cherry via the play-offs but lost in the semi-finals to Altrincham who would also ultimately go up to the Vanarama National League.
Everton will be looking to bounce back against Newcastle after defeat to Southampton.
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But the England Under-21 international is now hoping his old side can use the money made from his switch to Everton to get back in the Football League.
“The fees in terms of transfers and sell-on clauses, that’s all agreed by Norwich and York,” he told The York Press.
“People ask me about it, but it never gets brought up with me because it’s irrelevant to me. But, when I heard about it, being from York, supporting York as a kid and playing for them, it is massive.
“I’m hoping that the information (that I heard) was correct. And it couldn’t have come at a better time really, during this tough situation where a lot of clubs are struggling financially.
“I really do hope that it benefits York and (helps) maintain the club’s status because, as scary as it is, clubs are actually disappearing.
“Hopefully this bad situation passes by and they can not only survive with that money but develop a really strong squad and go back to competing at the level that they should be, which is the Football League.”