Clarets Release Five First Team Players

Burnley Release Anger, Bickett, Dykes, Brown & Worthington

Burnley Football Club have confirm that they have release five members of the women’s squad including Sarah Agger, Cara Bickett, Megan Dykes Nicola Worthington and Mel Brown who have all departed Turf Moor with immediate effect.

Midfielder Agger first joined in the summer of 2019, seeing Covid-19 impact her first season with the Club. She leaves the Claret Women having spent the previous two campaigns on the sidelines with a serious injury.

Bickett also joined Burnley at the same time, and departs three years on to take up a new opportunity with AFC Fylde Women having recovered from a season-ending injury picked up back in October 2021 which ruled her out of the remainder of the 2021/22 campaign.

Experienced centre back Brown is another to have joined in 2019 and now departs having played sixteen times across all competitions last term, earning a Lancashire FA Women’s Challenge Cup winners’ medal as the Claret Women won the cup competition for the first time.

Dykes, who also earned a winners’ medal leaves after a successful seventeen-month spell. First joining in April 2021, the versatile defender played her part in the side’s FA Cup run before signing on for the 2021/22 campaign, playing 22 times across all competitions. Dykes scored one goal during her time with the Claret Women and now links up with fellow former Claret Katie Thomas at newly-promoted outfit Liverpool Feds Women.

Completing the members of the squad to depart is experienced midfielder Worthington, who has joined Blackburn Rovers Ladies in the Women’s Championship. The twenty-nine year old won the Burnley FC Women’s Player of the Year in 2020/21 and last season was the side’s third-highest appearance maker, scoring 11 times across all competitions.

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Young Clarets Goalkeeper Signs First Pro Contract

Sam Waller Extends Clarets Stay After Signing Three Year Contract

Burnley Football Club are pleased to confirm that Sam Waller has signed a three-year contract with the Club, this his first professional contract. Waller first joining the Club aged twelve in the summer of 2016, the young goalkeeper has progressed through the Clarets academy, including the youth team and was a mainstay for the U23s in 2021/22.

The 18-year-old awaits his first-team debut, named on the bench away at Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League last season. However, he has already been heavily involved at senior level working alongside Arijanet Muric, Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Will Norris and Denis Franchi this term.

The Stockport born teenager has now extended his stay with the Club until June 2025. Speaking about signing his first professional contract Sam Waller said, “I’m buzzing to have signed this new deal at Burnley and to be staying here for the foreseeable future. Being a part of it from such a young age it’s a proud moment signing a first professional contract. I’m looking forward to continuing my development here. I want to continue working hard, pushing forward and working alongside some top goalkeepers and staff.”

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Former Clarets Defender Joins West Bromwich Albion

Erik Pieters Join Steve Bruce At Sky Bet Championship Club

West Bromwich Albion have completed the signing of experienced defender Erik Pieters on a one-year contract. The defender who represented the Netherlands on 18 occasions earlier in his career, having enjoyed spells at Utrecht, PSV Eindhoven, Stoke City, Amiens and Burnley, who he left at the end of the 2021/22 campaign.

Pieters has played in the Champions League and the Premier League and boss Steve Bruce believes his experience will be crucial both on and off the pitch this season. Speaking about the signing Steve Bruce said, “Erik has trained with us for six weeks or so and has proven a high level of fitness and clearly remains a very good footballer.. He has been a top-flight player for a long time and we’re confident he will be a good addition who can offer us further depth in more than one defensive position. The fact he is up to speed and has put in so much hard work behind the scenes over the past few weeks will benefit all involved, and he is ready to play as soon as we need him.”

Speaking about signing for West Bromwich Albion Eric Pieters said, “It means to a lot to have signed here. Everyone knows I have been a free agent for a little while, so I have been working really hard at home to keep myself in shape. I now want to prove myself and show what I still have in me. It’s down to me to prove that I’m worthy of being signed here and that I still have what it takes to play at this level of football. I’m confident I can do that. I’ve really enjoyed being here. From the first day I walked in the lads have been great with me and I’ve had a really good relationship with the manager. I feel really at home here.

When my body is telling me that it can’t handle it anymore then that’s when I’ll have to think about what the future holds, but I still feel great and I’m ready to go. I am determination and have the desire to be successful at West Bromwich Albion, It means to a lot to have signed here. The manager and his coaching staff seem to love the experience that I have because they know I’ve played in the Premier League for so many years. It’s hard not having a club over the summer but I’ve been working so hard to keep myself fit. I wanted to be in a position where I was ready if a club wanted to sign me, rather than sign and then have to get up to speed. It’s just how I am, I love to be in shape and be ready all the time. 

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Ribblesdale & Bolton Cricket League Discussing Merger

Settle Cricket Club Voting On Proposed New Cricket League

The Thatcher’s Ribblesdale Cricket League and Bolton Cricket League are in talks about a possible merger a head of next season. Both leagues have been in discussions with clubs from the Bolton Cricket League in favour of the move, whilst clubs in the Ribblesdale Cricket League will vote in the very near future before a decision is made.

Bill Slinger, Chairman of the Ribblesdale Cricket League said, “The matter which has been discussed by the clubs in both leagues as a possible development. The Ribblesdale Cricket League clubs are discussing the potential merger and the potential format of a new league, the members of the league a will be looking to have a vote in the near future.”

Bolton Cricket League clubs recently voted unanimously for a merger and its understood Ribblesdale Cricket League clubs have until the 19th September 2022 for their final vote.

Bolton Cricket League Secretary Ray Taylor said, “If it goes ahead cricket will be improved for the first teams at all the clubs. The leagues are roughly of a similar standard and this should lead to more competitive cricket over two divisions. There will be more travelling for the teams, but for the clubs from both leagues half the away matches will be against local opponents.

Bolton Cricket League Executives have been to most of the grounds in the Ribblesdale Cricket League and are generally impressed with the facilities. The Bolton Cricket Junior Section has started to make imaginative use of Bank Holidays & School Holidays, whilst many of the Ribblesdale Cricket League grounds are not easily accessible for evening matches, day games between clubs & players from both leagues are a distinct possibility.”

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Clarets Midfielder Joins Barnsley

Adam Phillips Leaves Turf Moor to Join Michael Duff At Oakwell Stadium

Barnsley Football Club have confirmed they signed midfielder Adam Phillips on a three year contract on transfer deadline day from Sky Bet Championships side Burnley Football Club. The 23-year-old has committed his future with the Reds until 2025 and can’t wait to get going at Oakwell. 

Speaking about signing for the Tykes Adam Phillips said, “I’m absolutely delighted to sign here and I’m really looking forward to meeting everyone, I’ve already met the staff, they all seem really welcoming and nice. I’m looking forward to meeting the squad tomorrow and looking forward to getting going on Saturday.” 

Adam Phillips has spent the last two years on loan with both Accrington Stanley and Morecambe, in order to gain vital Football League experience. During his time with the Shrimps, he recorded 21 goals in 86 appearances from the midfield. Getting forward is the aspect of the game our new recruit enjoys. 

Phillips added, I’ll always give 100% on the pitch, I look forward to hopefully scoring some goals and getting plenty of assists. I like to play in the number 10 or number 8 role. If the manager asks me to play anywhere else I’ll always give my all. I like getting forward, I like playing forward and being positive with my passes. So yeah, that’s what they [the fans] should expect from me!” 

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Clarets Sign Midfielder From Royale Union Saint-Gilloise

Marcel Lewis Joins Clarets On Two Year Contract

Burnley Football Club have this evening confirmed the signing of versatile midfielder Marcel Lewis who joins from Belgian outfit Royale Union Saint-Gilloise on a two-year professional deal and will link up with the Clarets U21 side.

Cambridge-born, the 20-year-old began his youth career with local side Cambridge United before joining Chelsea’s academy in 2016, earning a scholarship at Stamford Bridge. He was a regular feature in the youth team for the Blues, Lewis won the U18 Southern Premier League & FA Youth Cup in 2017/18 finishing as the top scorer.

After progressing into the U23s, where he featured in the Papa John’s Trophy amongst other competitions, the midfielder moved to Belgium with ‘Les Unionistes’ in May 2021, there over the course of last season with a mid-season loan move to Accrington Stanley.

Now back in Lancashire permanently with the Clarets, Lewis has previously been involved in England camps at U20-level is delighted to have sealed the move. Speaking about joining the Clarets he said “Once I knew that Burnley were interested, there was no doubt that I wanted the transfer to happen.

Now it has all been completed, I’m buzzing to get going. I’ve seen what the club is all about since the start of this season and add that into the size of it as one which had been a mainstay in the Premier League over the last few years, it’s exciting for me to be here. I’ve got good experience in the academy setup from my time at Chelsea and now I’m back involved in them, I hope I can bring a bit of previous experience to the U21 team.”

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Clarets Striker Joins Grimsby Town On Loan

Lewis Richardson Joins Grimsby Town On Loan

Grimsby Town Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Burnley striker Lewis Richardson on loan until January 2023. The young striker signed a three-year deal at the Clarets in the summer of 2021, after making a name for himself in the Burnley Academy. Lewis Richardson scored five goals on his Under 18’s debut at the age of 15 against Crewe Alexandra, earning a call up to the England Under 16 squad shortly after, scoring his debut for the National team.

After another impressive debut for the Under 23’s where he scored a hattrick against Rochdale, the young striker made his Premier League debut against Tottenham Hotspur, setting a record as the Club’s youngest Premier League debutant.

Grimsby Town Manager Paul Hurst said, “Lewis is someone that I have been aware of for quite some time from Burnley. He is a young striker who is very highly thought of and has been involved with the England setups.

He has lots of ability, I can remember watching him at Elland Road, coming on as a 16-year-old sub in an Under 23’s fixture and there was a real buzz about him when he came on. I was watching him, I think he is someone who can bring us something different in our attacking parts of the pitch and hopefully, he can create and create some goals for us in his time with us”.

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Clarets Making it Sixteen Summer Signings

Clarets Sign Jordan Beyer From Borussia Monchengladbach

Burnley Football Club have this evening confirmed the signing of Jordan Beyer on a season-long loan from Bundesliga side Borussia Mönchengladbach. The young defender who can operate as a centre-back and a right-back, leaves Borussia Mönchengladbach for the 2022/23 campaign, where he has spent the last seven seasons.

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Beyer spent the second half of the 2019/20 season on loan at Hamburg, with this spell now being his second away from the Club. The Kempen-born defender has also played for Germany from U15 to U21 level.

After joining the Clarets, Beyer said, “As soon as i heard of the interest in the deal, i drove straight to the airport, I just wanted to get here straight away. I am just so happy it has all worked out and it’s all done, I can’t wait, honestly.”

Manager Vincent Kompany said, “We would like to thank Borussia Mönchengladbach for allowing us to take Jordan on loan for the season. He’s a centre-back with speed and quality on the ball, that has been educated at one of the finest academy’s in Europe.”

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Clarets Sign Brentford Striker On Season Long Loan

Burnley Sign Turkish International Striker Halil Dervisoglu

Burnley Football Club have this afternoon confirmed the signing of Turkish International striker Halil Dervişoğlu on a season-long loan from Brentford Football Club. The young striker rose through Sparta Rotterdam academy ranks, going on to make 60 appearances for the first team, before a move to the Bees in the summer of 2019.

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Dervişoğlu has spent the last two seasons out on loan, first with FC Twente in the Eredivisie and then a season and a half in the Turkish Super Lig with Galatasaray. The Rotterdam-born attacker was eligible to play for either Netherlands or Turkey, choosing the latter. Dervişoğlu represented Turkey from U19-U21 level, before receiving his first call-up to the senior set-up in May 2021 and then being named in the Euro 2020 squad, now with six goals in 13 caps.

Speaking about joining the Clarets Dervişoğlu said, “I’m very happy to be here and excited, it’s a big club and I have had a very warm welcome from everybody. I spoke with the manager and he told me about the project here, I can’t wait to be a part of it.”

Manager Vincent Kompany said, “We would like to thank Brentford for allowing us take Halil on loan for the season. He’s a naturally gifted Turkish international, who has an instinct to score goals and will give his all to help the team this season.”

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Clarets Defender Joins Bristol Rovers On Loan

Clarets Centre-Back Joins Joey Barton On Season Long Loan

Burnley Football Club have this afternoon confirmed that defender Bobby Thomas has joined Sky Bet League One side Bristol Rovers on a season-long loan. Thomas joined the Clarets Academy in 2018 and progressed as a youth team scholar before becoming part of the Burnley U23 squad.

The young defender, who signed a new three-year deal last September, has had a number of loan spells over the last twelve months at Kendal Town and Barrow and will now spend the 2022/23 campaign with former Claret Joey Barton, at the Memorial Stadium.

Thomas made his senior debut for Burnley, playing the full match in a 2–0 win over Millwall in the EFL Cup. On 22 January 2021, Thomas joined Sky Bet League Two side Barrow AFC on loan for the rest of the 2020-21 season. The defender has featured in the Clarets pre-season games but will now gain more first team experience with Bristol Rovers.

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