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Debayo to move on to pastures new

9 July 2020

Josh Debayo is to pursue new opportunities away from Cheltenham Town after rejecting the contract offer made to him at the end of the season.

The 23-year-old will now seek a new club elsewhere after two seasons at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

Signed in July 2018 after leaving Leicester City where he had been a part of their under-23s set-up, he made his EFL debut for the club on the opening day of the 2018/19 season, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1-0 defeat to Crawley Town.

He went onto spend a large part of his first season at Cheltenham on loan at National League club Dover Athletic - initially joining the Kent outfit in October in a deal that was extended until the end of the season.

He returned to the club for the beginning of the 2019/20 campaign and went onto make nine appearances - his last being as a second half substitute in the 1-1 draw with Port Vale just before Christmas.

In total he made 16 appearances in his time with us at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium and was offered new terms after the club's exit from the League Two play-offs.

Because he is under the age of 24 and was offered a new contract, the club is entitled to receive compensation if he signs for another club in England.

If he chooses to sign for a club abroad Cheltenham will not receive any compensation as due to the coronavirus crisis the club were not in a position to offer him a deal in the required 60 days before his contract expired.

The club made a conscious decision not to make an early contract offer so if Debayo's next move is not to an English club he will be allowed to move for free.

Everyone at Cheltenham wishes Josh all the best for his future in the game and thank him for the time he spent with us in the last two seasons.

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