Jason Banton

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Jason Banton
Personal information
Full name Jason Steve Banton[1]
Date of birth (1992-12-15) 15 December 1992 (age 21)
Place of birth Tottenham, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[2]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Plymouth Argyle
Number 8
Youth career
2000–2008 Arsenal
2008 Tottenham Hotspur
2008 Arsenal
2008–2010 Blackburn Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011 Liverpool 0 (0)
2011 Leicester City 0 (0)
2011 Burton Albion (loan) 1 (0)
2012–2014 Crystal Palace 0 (0)
2013 Plymouth Argyle (loan) 14 (6)
2013–2014 Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 11 (2)
2014– Plymouth Argyle 8 (1)
National team
2008 England U17 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:10, 25 March 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Jason Steve Banton (born 15 December 1992) is an English footballer who plays as a winger for Plymouth Argyle. Born in Tottenham, he made his debut in the Football League in 2011. In an interview with LFC TV, Banton described himself as a left-winger, saying that "I'm right-footed but I like to play on the left and cut in."[3]

Playing career[edit]

Banton was born in Tottenham.[4] He began playing for Arsenal's youth teams at the age of seven and progressed through their academy to be offered scholarship terms.[3][5] Banton left the club in January 2008 and joined Tottenham Hotspur.[5][6] His time there was brief and he had a trial with West Ham United before returning to Arsenal.[5][6][7] He left the club again later that year after becoming "disillusioned" by his lack of progress,[8] and signed with Blackburn Rovers in October.[8][9] In his first year with the club, Banton was the top scorer in their academy side.[3][10] Banton had his contract at Blackburn terminated towards the end of 2010.[3][11][12]

He joined Liverpool in January 2011 after spending time there on trial.[3][12] Banton was released at the end of the season without making a first-team appearance for the club.[13][14] He signed a one-year contract with Leicester City that summer.[15][16] He joined Burton Albion on loan for one month in September,[16][17] and made his first-team debut the next day against Bradford City.[18] Banton returned to Leicester without making another appearance for Burton and had his contract cancelled by mutual consent in December.[19]

In January 2012, Banton signed with Major League Soccer and entered the MLS SuperDraft.[10][20] He was selected by Seattle Sounders in the second round of the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft as the 34th pick overall.[2][21] Describing his position in the draft, Banton said: "It doesn't mean anything. I'm just glad to get the opportunity to come to Seattle."[22] The club's technical director Chris Henderson said: "We think he's a guy who, depending on how things play out with our wingers, can step in on either flank."[4] Banton was cut by the Sounders in February after attending training camps in Washington and Arizona.[23]

Banton then returned to England and joined Crystal Palace on trial in the summer, where he was given a contract through to the end of the 2012–13 season in October.[24] He made his first-team debut for Palace in an FA Cup tie against Stoke City in January 2013.[25][26] Later that month, Banton joined Plymouth Argyle on loan until March.[27][28] "He can be a very exciting player," said manager John Sheridan. "I thought it was important we got a player who is going to gain us that ground, 30 or 40 yards on up the pitch, quickly."[29] Banton made his debut in a 0–0 draw with Dagenham & Redbridge,[30] and scored both goals in a 2–1 win at Aldershot Town a week later.[31][32] In March, he signed a new one-year contract with Palace and extended his loan with Argyle until the end of the season.[33][34] Banton won the Football League Two Player of the Month award for March after scoring three goals in six appearances.[35][36] In all, he played in 14 matches for Argyle and scored six goals before being recalled by Palace in April.[37][38]

That summer, he moved to Milton Keynes Dons on loan until January 2014.[39][40] Banton made his debut against Shrewsbury Town in August and scored his first goal for the club in a League Cup tie at Northampton Town three days later.[41][42] He scored two more goals and had made 17 appearances in all competitions before losing his place in the team in December.[43] Having not played in a first team game for nearly a month,[44] and with his loan due to expire, he returned to Crystal Palace at the start of January.[45] The following week, Banton rejoined Plymouth Argyle permanently by signing an 18-month contract.[46]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played on 22 March 2014.[47]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Liverpool 2010–11 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Leicester City 2011–12 Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Burton Albion (loan) 2011–12 League Two 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Crystal Palace 2012–13 Championship 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2013–14 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Plymouth Argyle (loan) 2012–13 League Two 14 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 6
Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 2013–14 League One 11 2 2 0 2 1 2[a] 0 17 3
Plymouth Argyle 2013–14 League Two 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Career total 34 8 3 0 2 1 2 0 41 9
  1. ^ Appearances in the Football League Trophy

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Temporary Transfers of Players under Written Contract Between 01/09/2011 and 30/09/2011". The Football Association. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Sounders FC Selects Four Players in MLS Supplemental Draft". Seattle Sounders FC. 17 January 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Hassall, Paul (23 January 2011). "Banton: The first interview". Liverpool F.C. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Gaschk, Matt (17 January 2012). "Balance Marks Supplemental Draft". Seattle Sounders FC. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c "Jason Banton". Young Guns. Archived from the original on 29 August 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Norrish, Mike (13 October 2008). "Arsenal's Jason Banton a target for Blackburn". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Rovers ready to make Arsenal youngster Banton 'the new David Bentley'". Mail Online. Associated Newspapers. 13 October 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Wilson, Steve (15 October 2008). "Arsenal youngster Jason Banton joins Paul Ince's ambitious Blackburn". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  9. ^ York, Gary (14 October 2008). "Blackburn Rovers win race to sign Arsenal wonderkid". Lancashire Telegraph (Blackburn). Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Galea, Chris (10 January 2012). "Banton heads to MLS". Sky Sports. BSkyB. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  11. ^ Nixon, Alan (12 January 2011). "Dalglish lands Blackburn starlet". Daily Mirror (London). Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Hassall, Paul (14 January 2011). "Reds sign ex-Gunners starlet". Liverpool F.C. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  13. ^ Prentice, David (16 June 2011). "Liverpool FC and Everton FC youngsters join star names in Premier League released players list". Liverpool Echo (Liverpool). Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  14. ^ "Sotirios Kyrgiakos set to extend stay at Liverpool". BBC Sport. BBC. 16 June 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  15. ^ "Leicester City Under-18s win play-off". Leicester Mercury (Leicester). 26 July 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  16. ^ a b "Youngster Banton Begins Burton Loan". Leicester City F.C. 30 September 2011. Archived from the original on 9 October 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  17. ^ "Burton Albion sign Kevin Amankwaah and Jason Banton". BBC Sport. BBC. 30 September 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  18. ^ "Burton Albion 2–2 Bradford". BBC Sport. BBC. 1 October 2011. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  19. ^ "List of Players under Written Contract Whose Registrations have been Cancelled by Mutual Consent Between 01/12/2011 and 31/12/2011". The Football Association. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  20. ^ Francis, Shawn (7 January 2012). "MLS Insider Combine Diary: Bantering with Banton". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  21. ^ Mayers, Joshua (21 January 2012). "A stop and chat with draft pick Jason Banton". The Seattle Times (Seattle). Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  22. ^ Gaschk, Matt (22 January 2012). "Another North London Winger". Seattle Sounders FC. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  23. ^ Mayers, Joshua (10 February 2012). "Sounders FC roster getting close to season shape". The Seattle Times (Seattle). Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  24. ^ Ritson, Mark (31 October 2012). "Trialist Banton offered Palace contract". Croydon Advertiser (Croydon). Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  25. ^ Hay, Anthony (5 January 2013). "No FA Cup goals at Selhurst Park, so Palace will go again". Croydon Guardian (Croydon). Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  26. ^ Cawley, Richard (6 January 2013). "Eagles fail to score at Selhurst for first time this season". South London Press (Streatham). Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  27. ^ "Plymouth sign Crystal Palace winger Jason Banton on loan". BBC Sport. BBC. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  28. ^ Errington, Chris (31 January 2013). "Crystal Palace winger Jason Banton signs on loan for Plymouth Argyle". The Herald (Plymouth). Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  29. ^ Parsons, Chris (31 January 2013). "Banton Excites Sheridan". Plymouth Argyle F.C. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  30. ^ "Manager John Sheridan takes positives from Jason Banton's performance on Plymouth Argyle debut". The Herald (Plymouth). 4 February 2013. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  31. ^ "Aldershot 1–2 Plymouth". BBC Sport. BBC. 9 February 2013. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  32. ^ Errington, Chris (9 February 2013). "Jason Banton scores twice to secure a crucial win for Plymouth Argyle". The Herald (Plymouth). Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  33. ^ Errington, Chris (1 March 2013). "On-loan winger Jason Banton to spend the rest of the season at Plymouth Argyle". The Herald (Plymouth). Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  34. ^ "Crystal Palace youngsters Matt Parsons and Jason Banton have penned new deals". Sky Sports. BSkyB. 1 March 2013. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  35. ^ Errington, Chris (12 April 2013). "Plymouth Argyle's John Sheridan and Jason Banton pick up League Two awards for March". The Herald (Plymouth). Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  36. ^ "Jason Wins Player of the Month". Plymouth Argyle F.C. 12 April 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  37. ^ "Banton Goes Back". Plymouth Argyle F.C. 13 April 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  38. ^ "Mixed emotions for Jason Banton following end of loan spell at Plymouth Argyle". The Herald (Plymouth). 15 April 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  39. ^ "Crystal Palace's Jason Banton joins MK Dons on loan". BBC Sport. BBC. 17 July 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  40. ^ "Jason Banton set for Home Park return – but with MK Dons". The Herald (Plymouth). 17 July 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  41. ^ "Palace loan duo part of opening day draws". Croydon Advertiser. 3 August 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  42. ^ "Northampton 1–2 MK Dons: Dons edge out Cobblers in Sixfields thriller". Milton Keynes Citizen. 6 August 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  43. ^ Errington, Chris (31 December 2013). "Argyle manager John Sheridan ready to make move for Jason Banton". Plymouth Herald. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  44. ^ "Karl offers update on loanees". Milton Keynes Dons F.C. 2 January 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  45. ^ "Dons to lose Jennings and Banton when loans expire". Milton Keynes Citizen. 2 January 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  46. ^ "Jason Banton signs deal with Plymouth Argyle". Plymouth Herald. 8 January 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  47. ^ "Jason Banton". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 

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