Central Coast Mariners Sign Clarets Midfielder on Loan

Burnley Midfielder Aiden O’Neill Joins Phelan In Australia

Central Coast Mariners Sporting Director and former Claret Mike Phelan has made his first signing since joining the club, taking Premier League and Burnley midfielder Aiden O’Neill on a season long-loan. O’Neill made his debut for Central Coast Mariners as they beat Adamstown Rosebud FC 6-0 in a preseason friendly last night.

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Born in Brisbane, Australia O’Neill has been in the Burnley Academy set up since 2014, he has first team Premier League experience already with Burnley FC having made his Premier League debut against Liverpool in a 2-0 victory last season.  In addition O’Neill has also played a further thirty-six senior appearances whilst on loan at both Oldham Athletic and Fleetwood Town in Sky Bet League One, as well as representing Australia at U23 level on two occasions in 2017.

Speaking about the signing Mike Phelan said, “The project at Central Coast Mariners is long term and the lifeblood of any football club is youth, energy and enthusiasm. To add to that foundation Aiden is a quality football player & Sean Dyche has been good enough to trust me and the coaches here with his further development and I thank him for that.

The long term objective for Aiden is to become a Premier League player, a regular full international for Australia and have a successful and extended career in the Premier League. If we at The Mariners can assist with that then it’s a win, win for both clubs.

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However, there is a lot of work to get through and some serious commitments to be made if you’re going to get to the top in this game. I think Aiden has the character to commit to this and that is one of the reasons I have taken him. The signing is good for us but the hard work starts now and both he and I are looking forward to it.

Our season starts in October and I will be in touch with Sean Dyche and Burnley FC throughout this process. We might be on the other side of the world but our scientists and performance analysts will be sharing data regularly. I will also speak to Sean and his coaching team with regard to my professional eye and the technical and tactical side of Aiden’s contribution.”

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Clarets Looking to January Sales

Filip Kostic Could Be A January Signing

Burnley will renew their interest in Hamburg winger Filip Kostic in January if he is still with the German club at the next transfer window. The Clarets missed out on a deadline day swoop for the Serbian international, but the club remains to bring him to Turf Moor.

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He was widely expected to leave Die Rothosen this summer after Hamburg’s relegation to Bundesliga 2 admit reports in Germany that he could be available for a cut-price fee. He has also been linked with Wolfsburg, Valencia and Florentina and with the transfer windows in Europe still open he could yet depart the Volksparkstadion.

Kostic, played all three group games for Serbia during the World Cup and he has now won 26 International caps for his country.  After coming through the ranks at Serbian club Radnicki 1923 he moved to Holland with Groningen in June 2012 and scored 12 goals in 48 appearances for the club.

Ahead of the 2014/15 season Kostic moved to VfB Stuttgart and after eight goals in 63 appearances he made a €14Million switch to Hamburg in the summer of 2015.

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Clarets Chasing Cameroon International

Clarets Chasing Cameroon International Stephane Mbia

According to an exclusive report from French publication L’Equipe, Burnley are interested in signing free agent Stéphane Mbia, as Sean Dyche looks to add further quality to his defensive midfield ranks at Turf Moor. Despite the transfer window in England closing on the 31st August, clubs are still able to bring in players who are out of contract and available on free transfers.

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The Cameroon international who has been capped 69 times, is a deep-lying midfielder who can also operate as a centre-back, has a tenacious, aggressive and hard-working approach to the game seems to be ideally suited to Dyche’s setup at Burnley.

Mbia, has extensive experience of playing at the very highest level having spent spells with Marseille and Sevilla and that would surely be a huge asset for the Clarets. Having spent the last two years playing in China with Hebei China Fortune and a move to the Premier League might just re-start his career.

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Clarets Centre-Back Extends Contract

Ben Mee Signs Three Year Contract Extension

Burnley Football Club have this morning confirmed that centre-back Ben Mee has signed a three year contract extension at Turf Moor ahead of the new Premier League season which will keep him at Turf Moor until the end of the 2021 season.

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Mee, a mainstay of the Burnley set-up since joining the club in 2011 has agreed a new three-year deal with the option of a further 12 months. He follows defensive team-mate Matt Lowton in agreeing new terms ahead of the start of the season and follows on from new contracts signed by six members of Sean Dyche’s squad last season.

Having joined the Clarets initially on loan from Manchester City before making the move permanent in January 2012, he has gone on to make 248 appearances, scoring 6 goals for the club. Initially playing at left-back, the former England U21 international has since developed into a top-class central defender.

He is currently the club’s second longest-serving player after Kevin Long and captained the Clarets for most of last season following the injury suffered by Tom Heaton.  On the pitch, he played a key role in Burnley’s seventh-place finish in the Premier League to earn the club a place in the Europa League.

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Clarets Chasing Derby County Striker

Clarets Chasing Matej Vydra

According to reports in the Mirror newspaper, Derby County striker Matej Vydra is set to join Burnley as the Clarets look to strengthen their squad. Vydra was set to join Leeds United in an £11Million bid, but their interest is said to have cooled over last season’s Sky Bet Championship golden boot winner’s wage demands.

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The Clarets have of Sam Vokes, Ashley Barnes, Chris Wood, Jonathan Walters and Nahki Wells on their books, but are in Europa League competition and need strength in-depth in order to fight on the European and home front after a successful 2017/18 campaign.

Both players are set to under go medicals at their respective new clubs later this evening and if a deal is completed, then Vydra would join Burnley on a permanent deal, whilst Nahki Wells would only join Derby County on a season long loan.

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Hart Finds New Home

John Hart Signs for Burnley

Burnley Football Club have this morning confirmed the signing of former International goalkeeper Joe Hart for an undisclosed fee on an initial two-year contract after ending a trophy-laden twelve year stay at Manchester City.

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Hart, strengthens the Clarets impressive goalkeeping ranks following the injury sustained by Nick Pope at Aberdeen last month, his arrival adds even more international experience to Burnley’s squad as he competes with Tom Heaton & Anders Lindegaard for the number one spot at Turf Moor.

Hart spent more than a decade at City making 348 appearances for the club, after signing from Shrewsbury Town in 2006. During his time at the Etihad Stadium the keeper won a catalogue of honours at the highest level. After initially gaining further senior experience out on loan at Birmingham City, Blackpool and Tranmere Rovers.

He was an ever-present in 2011/12 as City won the Premier League title for the first time and ended a 44-year wait to become champions of England. He was then the regular in helping City win the title again in 2014 and also won an FA Cup winners’ medal from a final win over Stoke City.

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Hart has been capped seventy-five times by England after making his debut in 2008 and a Champions League semi-finalist in 2016, has spent the last two seasons out on loan at Torino and West Ham United to keep playing first-team football. He now joins the Clarets as the club’s second summer signing to launch a new chapter in his career with Burnley still in the Europa League and about to start a third successive season in the Premier League.

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Walters Linked to Loan Move

Preston North End Linked with Walters Loan Move

Preston North End of the Sky Bet Championship are keen to sign Jonathan Walters on loan from local Premier League rivals Burnley Football Club.  Sean Dyche is said to be open to the idea of working with their Lancashire neighbours for a loan move for the Republic of Ireland striker.

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Walters, joined Burnley from Stoke City last summer but was very much a fringe player in the Clarets superb run to the Europa League qualification. The striker played just ninety-four minutes in a total five games last season. Burnley manager Sean Dyche is therefore ready to allow Walters to drop down the Sky Bet Championship and gain extra game time.

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