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Jason Banton

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Norwich Career: 2012 (Trial)
Current Club: Torquay United (Conference)
Date of Birth: 15/12/1992 (Tottenham)
Nationality: English

Biography

Striker Jason Banton played for a Norwich City Under-21 side against Lowestoft on 3rd August 2012, scoring twice.

Banton started his career in the youth team of Arsenal from an early age but had a short spell at neighbours Tottenham Hotspur before rejoining the club. In 2008 he fell out with the Arsenal hierarchy and joined Premier League rivals Blackburn Rovers, who beat off competition from Manchester City to sign him. Things didn't work out at Blackburn for Banton and Kenny Dalglish brought him to Liverpool in January 2011 after a successful trial. In the summer of 2011 he signed for Championship side Leicester City on a one-year contract.

In September 2011, he joined League Two side Burton Albion on a one-month loan. He made his professional debut against Bradford City in a 2–2 at the Pirelli Stadium. This was his only appearance for Burton.

In December 2011 it was reported that Banton had signed with Major League Soccer and would enter the MLS SuperDraft. He had already spent time previously with the Chivas USA reserve squad. On January 17th 2012 Banton was selected by Seattle Sounders FC as the 34th pick in the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft but was cut by the Sounders during training camp

On 31st October 2012, Jason signed a contract with Crystal Palace until the end of the 2012/13 season. He made his debut as a substitute in the club's 0-0 FA Cup draw with Stoke City in January 2013. On 31st January 2013, he was loaned to Plymouth Argyle until 2nd March 2013, later extended to the end of the season

He was named League Two Player of the Month for March 2013 after scoring three goals in six games. He finished the season with 6 goals in 14 games.

On 17th July 2013, he was loaned to MK Dons until 5th January 2014. MK Dons boss Karl Robinson said "Jason is someone I have known for a while from my time at Liverpool and Blackburn. He is a very gifted footballer who is yet to reach his full potential. But he showed glimpses of what he can do while he was on loan with Plymouth last season."

On 8th January 2014, Jason signed for Plymouth from Palace for an undisclosed fee, signing an 18 month contract.

Leaving Plymouth in May 2015 after making 29 appearances in 2014/15, Jason signed a one year contract with Wycombe Wanderers on 30th June 2015."Jason's the type who'll get supporters on their feet," boss Gareth Ainsworth told the club's website. "He's got pace, trickery and he can be the spark that can win you a game with one moment of magic. We saw what he's capable of in the play-offs and we're confident we can bring that out of him on a consistent basis and make this club his home

On 15th October 2015, he joined Hartlepool on loan until 3rd January 2016. He had made seven appearances for Wycombe.

He joined League Two side Notts County on 13th February 2016 on a deal until the end of the season after he was released by Wycombe. He was released by the Magpies on 20th May 2016. Four days later he signed a one-year deal with Crawley, with the option of a second year."I feel Jason can open up the way I want to play," said head coach Dermot Drummy 

He joined Scottish side Partick Thistle on loan on 31st January 2017 until the end of the 2016/17 season. He had made 19 appearances for Crawley. "This is a good opportunity for Jason to get games under his belt at a very good level. Opportunities for him have been limited so he has a chance now to make an impression in Scotland." said Crawley head coach Dermot Drummy .He failed to make an appearance for the Jags after suffering an injury in training.

Banton signed for Conference side Woking on 27th June 2017. After making 25 appearances during 2017/18, he signed for Torquay United in June 2018.


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