Former Clarets Defender Assists Community By Donating His Salary
The former Premier League defender Phil Bardsley has donated his entire salary to charity after signing for Stockport County until the end of the season. The wages of the 37 year old full-back, who left Burnley Football Club in the summer after spells at Manchester United, Sunderland and Stoke City, will go to the Sky Bet League Two club’s community trust.
Speaking this morning Phil Bardsley said, “This is a dream signing. Over the last couple of months, I’ve had the honour of training with the club as I return from injury. During this time, I’ve been welcomed in as part of the team and made to feel at home. Having the opportunity to sign for the club and to give back to the community trust at the same time feels like the perfect way for me to make my return to football.”
The former Scotland International added, “County is a club with a clear mission and with real opportunity ahead of it, both within the league and within the local community. It’s this mission which makes County incredibly exciting to be involved with.”
The Stockport County Community Trust provides an extensive programme of work in the local area, including education through sport, volunteering and promoting healthy, active lifestyles. “Phil has had an incredibly successful career at the very top of the game, the Stockport County manager, Dave Challinor, said. “His skill, experience and tenacity will be a huge asset to the club as we continue our campaign, and we look forward to welcoming him into the side.”