Anx­ious wait for Wem­b­ley win­ner

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sports - @Jim­my­wezz

JON Challi­nor faces an agonising wait to dis­cover if he will get the chance to re­alise his dream and play in the Foot­ball League.

Yax­ley-based Challi­nor was part of the York City team that beat Lu­ton 2-1 at Wem­b­ley in last Sun­day’s Blue Square Premier Di­vi­sion Play­off final to se­cure a place in League Two.

The win means York are back in the Foot­ball League again for the first time in eight years and con­cluded a re­mark­able sea­son for the 31 year-old de­fender who also helped the Min­ster­men land the FA Tro­phy against Newport County the week be­fore.

But de­spite his ef­forts, Challi­nor’s

james.west­ fu­ture at the club re­mains un­clear as he is yet to be of­fered a con­tract ex­ten­sion for next sea­son.

He said: “It was great to fi­nally be on the win­ning side af­ter los­ing three play-off fi­nals dur­ing my ca­reer. We felt good go­ing into the game and we had a lot of con­fi­dence af­ter beat­ing Newport at Wem­b­ley.

“I think it means we have be­come the first team to win both the FA Tro­phy and the play-off final but the big one was se­cur­ing our place in the Foot­ball League. I have been close a few times but at 31 this could be the first chance I get to play at that level.

“And hope­fully that will hap­pen, but it is a strange feel­ing at the mo­ment as my con­tract ran out at the end of the sea­son so I don’t have a deal at the mo­ment. It is all up in the air but hope­fully I should know in the next few weeks.”

And Challi­nor has prob­a­bly earned his shot at the big time af­ter a ca­reer spent in the high­est ech­e­lon of non-league foot­ball with eight dif­fer­ent clubs in­clud­ing Rush­den, For­est Green, Mans­field, Newport and Ket­ter­ing.

“Play­ing League foot­ball is what it is all about and it would be great for me to get the chance at this stage of my ca­reer,” he added.

“Hope­fully I have got a few years left in me and I am con­fi­dent this York team can do well.

“If you look at what Ex­eter and Steve­nage have gone on to do there is no rea­son to think that we could not do the same with this team.

“We like to play pass­ing foot­ball and teams that have that ap­proach have done well in League Two.

“Hope­fully I can be a part of that and help the club build on this and push on again next sea­son.”

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