Godfrey joined the Blues during the summer transfer window from Norwich City for a fee in the region of £20 million.
Ben Godfrey hopes that the money his old club York City received as a result of his move to Everton can help them get back to the level “they should be”.
Godfrey joined the Blues during the summer transfer window from Norwich City for a fee in the region of 20 million pounds sterling.
The defender began his professional career with the Minstermen and made his debut in the first team at the age of 17 before making 15 appearances for his hometown club.
However, York added an alleged 10 percent sales clause to the contract on January 15, 2016, when he signed for the Canary Islands on his 18th birthday.
Watson’s men were given a second bite of virginity through the playoffs, but lost in the semi-final to Altrincham, who would eventually advance to the National League of Vanarama.
York, currently led by former Blues defender Steve Watson, was one of football’s unlucky streaks last season as the coronavirus pandemic denied them the chance to advance.
When the regular season ended prematurely, they were at the top of the standings, but did not rise automatically, as the final placings were decided on a points-per-game basis. Instead, the title was awarded to King’s Lynn Town, who was down two points from two fewer games, giving them an average of 2.00 versus 1.94 from York.
“The fees in the form of transfers and sell-out clauses, that was all agreed by Norwich and York,” he told the York Press.
But the English U21 international now hopes that his old team can use the money he earned by moving to Everton to return to the football league.
“People ask me about it, but I never get asked about it because it is irrelevant to me. But when I heard about coming from York, supporting York as a kid and playing for the team, it was huge.
“I hope that the information (that I heard) was correct. And it really couldn’t have come at a better time, in this difficult situation where many clubs are financially struggling.
“I really hope that it will benefit York and (help) to maintain the status of the club, because as scary as it is, the clubs are actually disappearing.
“Hopefully this bad situation will pass and they can not only survive with this money but also build a really strong squad and compete again at the level they should be at, namely in the football league.