Guiseley Sign Former Eire International

Guiseley Sign Sean St Ledger From Solihull Moors

Guiseley AFC have this afternoon confirmed the signing of a second centre-back with experienced defender Sean St Ledger arriving at Nethermoor Park.  He has just finished a spell with his local club Solihull Moors, who he joined on a short-term contract until January after being out of the game for two years.

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St Ledger started his career at Peterborough United before securing a move to Preston North End in the Championship where he made 185 appearances over a five-year spell. He then joined Leicester City where he stayed for three years in between loan stints at Middlesbrough and Millwall, where he made a further 36 appearances.

Despite only making 1 appearance due to injury he was part of the Foxes squad that won promotion to the Premier League in the 2013/14 season. The former Republic of Ireland international made the move to the MLS in 2015 linking up with football icon Kaka at Orlando City, before moving on to Colorado Rapids.

St Ledger has 37 International caps and scored 3 goals for his country and made his debut against Nigeria at Craven Cottage in 2009 under Giovanni Trapattoni.  He also represented his the Republic of Ireland at Euro 2012 and netted the equaliser in the 3-1 group stage defeat to Croatia in Poland.

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Guiseley AFC Sign Clarets Defender

Guiseley AFC Sign Burnley Defender Harry Flowers

Burnley Football Club have this afternoon confirmed that defender Harry Flowers has left Turf Moor to join Vanarama National League side Guiseley AFC. Flowers has signed for the West Yorkshire club on a permanent basis, ending a ten month stay at Turf Moor with the Clarets.

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Flowers, the grandson of former England World Cup winner and Wolves legend Ron Flowers moved to Burnley from Midland League Premier Division side Brocton Football Club. He was a regular for the Clarets’ under-23 side this season but now gets the chance to pursue a first-team career with the Lions.

Flowers’ departure to Guiseley follows Alex Whitmore’s permanent move to Chesterfield as the Clarets allow some of their young players to move elsewhere, whilst opening up opportunities for others at Turf Moor.

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Guiseley Keeper Joins Stanley

Jonny Maxted Signs For Accrington Stanley

Guiseley AFC have this morning confirmed that goalkeeper Jonny Maxted has left the club to sign for Sky Bet League Two side Accrington Stanley on an eighteen month contract for an undisclosed fee following two excellent performances against John Coleman’s side in this seasons FA Cup.

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Maxted made 59 appearances for Guiseley since first joining on a three-month loan spell from Forest Green Rovers at the start of September 2016.  His deal was made permanent in January 2017, before he went on to win the Supporters’ Club’s Craig Shearstone Player of the Season award.

Raised in Boston Spa the former Doncaster Rovers stopper is the nephew of one of the 1991 FA Vase heroes, goalkeeper Paul Maxted.  At Doncaster, Jonny made it to the first team subs bench at the age of sixteen and gained experience in loan spells at Goole and Gainsborough Trinity.

After leaving Doncaster he spent some time at Hartlepool before joining Forest Green at the start of the 2015-16 season.  Maxted will now return to football league action as he has been included in Accrington Stanley’s squad to face Port Vale at the weekend.

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Clarets Defender Joins Chesterfield

Alex Whitmore Joins Chesterfield

Burnley Football Club have this morning confirmed that defender Alex Whitmore has joined Sky Bet League Two side Chesterfield on a permanent two and a half-year deal, ending his six-year stay with the Clarets.

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The defenders first target at the Proact Stadium will be to help the Spireites win their battle to stay in the Football League, with Jack Lester’s side currently twenty-second in the table.

Speaking about the signing manager Jack Lester said, “Alex is well thought of at Burnley and we can improve him.  He is dominant and aggressive, with two good feet. He is also quick and reads the game well.”

The move means a return to League Two for Whitmore, who spent a successful long-term loan with Morecambe last season. Whitmore joined the Clarets as a scholar in 2012 and added to his first-team experience with a loan spell at Bury in the first half of the current campaign, making 11 appearances for the Shakers.

The defender has also had loan spells with Chester City and Gateshead since coming through the youth ranks at Turf Moor and now gets the chance to continue his professional career in League football.

Speaking about the move Alex Whitmore said, “I got a call from Burnley to say there was interest and it felt right straight away.  I met Jack Lester and got on really well with him and had a nice conversation with him. I knew this is where I wanted to come to and it’s nice to get it over the line.”

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Seasiders Loan Agyei

Dan Agyei Joins Blackpool On Loan

Burnley Football Club have this morning confirmed that Striker Dan Agyei has joined Sky Bet League One side Blackpool on loan until the end of the season. The Clarets striker has spent the first half of the season on loan at Walsall making twenty-one appearances, scoring five goal’s.

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The young striker had a taste of Sky Bet League One last season, scoring five goals during a five-month stay with Coventry City before returning to Turf Moor.  He then joined the Clarets squad making three Premier League appearances as a substitute for Sean Dyche.

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Former Clarets Loanee Sentenced

Jon Flanagan Sentenced to Twelve Month Community Order

Former Claret and current Liverpool Football Club defender Jon Flanagan has been sentenced to forty-five hours of unpaid work and a 12-month community order for assaulting his girlfriend. Flanagan pleaded guilty at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court earlier this month to common assault by beating of Rachael Wall.

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The court heard that he kicked his partner in an attack in Duke Street in Liverpool City Centre at around 3.20am on Friday 22nd December 2016.  In a hearing this morning, the District Judge Wendy Lloyd sentenced him to a twelve months community order, which will include fifteen rehabilitation activity days, forty-five hours of unpaid work, £85 costs and an £85 victim surcharge.

Speaking about his actions District Judge Wendy Lloyd said, “You are, of course a young man of previous good character and therefore it’s undoubtedly sad that you find yourself here due to your behaviour.”

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Liverpool Football Club have this morning issued a statement to say that Jon Flanagan has not only let himself down, but he has also let down the club and it’s supporters and they will also be launching an internal investigation and taking action against the player.

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Clarets On The March For Solly

Burnley Chasing Solly March

Burnley Football Club are set to launch a £10million Bid for Brighton & Hove Albion winger Solly March, who has been a regular for Chris Hughton’s side so far this season, however the Seagulls are braced for a fight to keep March this month.

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The youngster joined the club from non-League Lewes in 2011, midway through the first season at the Amex Stadium and has been a first-team regular for the past few years.  He made 27 appearances in the Seagulls’ promotion-winning season, and has since made 22 Premier League appearances this term.

After impressing in the top flight he is receiving attention from elsewhere and Burnley are interested in bolstering their ranks in the transfer window, with Robbie Brady out with a serious knee injury and despite already getting Georges-Kevin Nkoudou on loan from Tottenham, Sean Dyche is keen on another winger.

The Burnley manager is a keen admirer and he knows March from when the two sides met in the Sky Bet Championship.It’s understood Brighton are keen to hold on to one of their star men as they look to avoid relegation straight back down to the Championship.

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