Michael Duff Joins Academy Coaching Staff
Michael Duff arrived at Turf Moor in 2004 after signing from Cheltenham Town for just £30,000. After making a total of 383 appearances, scoring 8 goals, the central defender has officially announced his retirement from football.
Duff’s appearance at Charlton put him level with Adam Blacklaw in thirteenth place on Burnley’s all-time appearance list as well as becoming the fourth oldest outfield player since the war. An emotional Duff expressed his pride at serving a club he loves for so long.
The defender took to the stage at the Player of the Year awards to confirm that he will take up a role within the clubs academy. Duff started the season with a testimonial game at Turf Moor against Bradford City following twelve successful years at the club.
Whilst at Turf Moor he also continued his International career with Northern Ireland were he went on to make twenty four appearances. Duff’s experience will be a great assist to the club as he takes on the coaching role within the academy.
Speaking about his retirement Michael Duff said, “It’s been an honour to represent this football club and to do it with this group of lads this season as Champions has been unbelievable.
Gaffer rested me earlier in the season and since then we’ve gone 23 unbeaten so you can’t argue with that. He also said I could go and play elsewhere or continue working here in the Academy and it’s an opportunity I couldn’t turn down.
I have played in three Burnley teams now that have been promoted to the Premier League and by winning the title this season I now have a Winners, Runner-Up and Play-off Final medal which is fitting.