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Banim makes return journey

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 19, 2009

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JODY Banim's Burton Albion career appears to be over after another loan move out of the Pirelli Stadium.

The 30-year-old is joining former club Droylsden until the end of the season, having only recently returned to Albion after a month on loan to Altrincham.

Banim has plumped for a return to the Bloods after what Albion boss Roy McFarland described as a "chaotic two days" as clubs vied for his services.

McFarland said: "First he wanted to go to Salford because his mate is the manager there.

"Then Southport came in and he changed his mind, but that didn't work out, so in the end he's sorted something out with Droylsden because they want him in for the weekend."

The move will bring the curtain down on a stay in which Banim's form failed to live up to expectations.

Former manager Nigel Clough made the ex-Manchester United trainee his first close season signing last summer, but he rarely featured after failing to make the most of an early run in the team.

Banim, 30, scored his only goals in Albion's colours in a Setanta Shield tie against Kidderminster Harriers and an FA Trophy replay at Farsley Celtic.

After failing to impress incoming boss McFarland in January, Banim was packed off to Altrincham and this latest move merely underlines the lack of consistency that has blighted his career.

Banim leapt to prominence when his return of 97 goals in 125 games for Radcliffe Borough earned him a £20,000 move to Shrewsbury Town in 2003.

Since then, however, his only other productive spell was at Droylsden last season when he scored 10 times in 27 games.

McFarland said: "Jody wasn't going to get a game with us, so it makes sense for him to move on and, hopefully, enjoy his football again."

Banim last appeared for the Brewers as a substitute in the 2-0 defeat of Mansfield Town at Field Mill on December 28.

He returns to the Butchers Arms as the Bloods push for a place in the Blue Square North play-offs.

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