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Gavin Whyte's Cardiff switch lands Crusaders a £500k bonus

 

Gavin Whyte
Gavin Whyte
Rising star: Gavin Whyte

By Graham Luney

Crusaders have pocketed more than £500,000 from Gavin Whyte's £2m transfer from Oxford United to Cardiff City.

The bumper cash injection is believed to be the biggest sell-on fee secured for a player by an Irish League club.

And the riches may not stop there for the Shore Road side as they will receive a cut of any future transfer fee should the Northern Ireland international be sold on by the Championship side.

The 23-year-old spent one season with Oxford after leaving Crusaders in July 2018.

Whyte has also won five Northern Ireland caps, scoring with his first touch on his debut, and the Crues also received a payment for his international exploits.

A Crues source stated: "The sell-on clause from a £2m transfer is north of £500,000. It must be the biggest fee of its kind for an Irish League club."

The Crues have already landed €500k in European prize money this summer, but shelled out £60k to bring Coleraine striker Jamie McGonigle to Seaview.

Whyte made his Cardiff debut in the 2-1 win over Luton at the weekend.

City boss Neil Warnock said: "Gavin Whyte has been superb in training, he has been brilliant, so exciting."

After the Luton clash, he praised Whyte's work rate, pace and willingness to track back.

Crusaders, meanwhile, have tabled a second bid for Dungannon Swifts ace Paul McElroy.

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