Barnoldswick Loan King

Clarets Loan Connor King to Barnoldswick Town

Barnoldswick Town have pulled off a coup in signing Burnley under-23 goalkeeper Connor King on loan. King is an England schoolboy international and has been sent to the North West Counties League top tier side to further his development.

Town manager Danny Craig expressed his delight at the capture, which completes his summer recruitment.  He told the club website, “I’m sure the question of a goalkeeper has been on everyone’s mind most of the close season.

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I have not been as concerned as I have been working on this deal most of the summer, the arrival of goalkeeper Connor King, who joins us on work experience from Premier League Burnley where he currently plays for their under-23s development squad.

Connor was an England under-16s schoolboy international and Burnley see a loan move as the next step in his development.  It goes without saying he comes with fantastic pedigree and both the club and I feel proud and honoured to been trusted with this vital stage in his development.

I couldn’t be happier with this signing, I spoke to Connor in the week and he’s excited to get started. I’m looking forward to working with him and watching him develop at our club.”

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Clarets Chasing Former Claret

Clarets Interested in Former Loan Player Jack Cork

Burnley are chasing former Claret and Swansea City midfielder Jack Cork reports suggest that Dyche is about to offer the Welsh club £10million to bring the former loan player back to Turf Moor.  Cork, enjoyed two loan spells at Turf Moor making 11 appearances in the top flight during the 2009/10 campaign before returning the following season.

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The Swansea midfielder is entering the final year of his contract at the Liberty Stadium, Cork featured in 30 Premier League matches last season, playing the full 90 minutes in 19 of those games. However his influence on the first team waned in the final stages of the season under Paul Clement and he has been pushed down the pecking order by the likes of Ki Sung-Yeung, Leon Britton, Leroy Fer, Tom Carroll and new signing Roque Mesa.

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Leyton Orient Appoint Former Claret

Steve Davis Appointed Leyton Orient Manager

National League Leyton Orient have appointed former Clarets centre-half Steve Davis as their new manager on a two-year contract.  Davis will work alongside assistant coach Ross Embleton as they bid for an immediate return to the English Football League.

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Davis, who played as a centre-back during his playing career which spanned over twenty years, arrives with a wealth of managerial experience from spells at Northwich Victoria, Nantwich Town and Crewe Alexandra.  He took his first steps into management in 2003 with a brief spell as player manager at Northwich Victoria, but it was at Nantwich Town that his managerial career flourished.

A year later, Davis led the Club to one of their most successful eras guiding the Dabbers to two promotions in three seasons as well as lifting the FA Vase at Wembley.  After five impressive years at the Weaver Stadium, Davis made the step up to the Football League when he returned to his former Club Crewe Alexandra when he was appointed Assistant Manager in May 2009.

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During his spell as Assistant Manager Davis worked under Gudjon Thordarson and Dario Gradi before being handed the managerial reigns in November 2011.  Having made the step up to the role, Davis went on to enjoy immediate success at Gresty Road by defying the odds to guide Crewe Alexandra to promotion from League Two, with a 2-0 victory over Cheltenham Town in the Play-Off Final at Wembley.

During his time with the Railwaymen, Davis helped develop a number of the Club’s young talents, a year after guiding Crewe to promotion went on to experience further success at Wembley with a 2-0 victory against Southend United to lift the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.  He went on to manage a total of 272 games at Crewe Alexandra before departing the Club in January 2017.

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Guiseley AFC v Leeds United

Guiseley AFC 1 v 5 Leeds United (Pre-Season Friendly)

Guiseley AFC first game of the 2017-18 season came against local rival Leeds United as manager Adam Lockwood took the opportunity to watch a number of trialist at a sunny sold out Nethermoor Park.

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Thomas Christiansen reign as Leeds United boss started perfectly as his side took the lead after just 17 seconds, when Stuart Dallas found the back of the net with a curling strike from the left hand side of the area into the top corner. Pablo Hernandez was next to go close for Leeds, as the ball fell kindly to him on the edge of the box his volley went just over the crossbar.

After fifteen minutes, Eunan O’Kane then did well to put Marcus Antonsson through on goal, but Jonny Maxted made an excellent save.  Kemar Roofe felt he should have been awarded a penalty on twenty-six minutes, he did well to cut inside and dribble into the box before being brought down, but the referee waved away the penalty appeal.

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On twenty-seven minutes, the Whites extended their lead when Luke Ayling did well to break into the Guiseley box, before sending a low cross through the area, which arrived at Stuart Dallas at the left-hand side of the area, he again curled the ball past Maxted into the top right corner of the goal to make it 2-0.

The Whites two goal cushion lasted for less than a minute as one of the trialist cut just inside the area, before curling the ball past Rob Green into the top right-hand corner of the goal to make the score 2-1 to Leeds.

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Leeds United restored their two goal lead on thirty-three minutes when Pablo Hernandez made a fine run into the Guiseley penalty area before playing the ball across the six yard box for Marcus Antonsson to tap the ball home from two yards.  Antonsson was next to be denied by the Maxted in the Guiseley goal, when his header from a corner was well saved which left the half-time score 3-1 to Leeds United.

The second half began with both sides making eleven changes and it was Leeds United that had the first attempt, as Souleymane Doukara drove forward into the box, before playing the ball across goal for Gomes who could only fire over from a narrow angle.

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Leeds United added a fourth goal on fifty-eight minute when Hadi Sacko did well down the wing before providing a low cross into the area for Lee Erwin who finished the attack by putting the ball into the bottom corner.

Ten minutes later Sacko again continued to threat, this time he picked out Gomes, but Guiseley defender Daniel East did really well to prevent a fifth.  Gomes then tried his luck from range, but he was unable to direct his effort on target.

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Erwin added a fifth for Leeds United in the final minute when Souleymane Doukara hit a long-range effort at goal, which goalkeeper Joe Green could only parry and Erwin tapped home the rebound, to make the final score 5-1 to Leeds United.

Guiseley AFC will continue their pre-season training on Tuesday night at 7.30pm against Barnsley Football Club at Nethermoor Park.

Match Details

Guiseley AFC – Maxted, Taylor, Williams, Trialist, Palmer, Lawlor, Trialist, Hatfield, Thompson, Trialist, Trialist (Subs) East, Smith, Wells, Atkinson, Lowe, Wesolowski, Green, Rooney, Gomersall, Hogg, Lazenby, Ibrahimi

Leeds United – Green, Ayling, Bellusci, Jansson, Denton, O’Kane, Phillips, Dallas, Roofe, Hernandez, Antonsson (Subs) Wiedwald, McKay, Diagouraga, Cooper, Shaughnessy, Berardi, Vieira, Bridcutt, Gomes, Sacko, Doukara, Erwin

ScorersGuiseley Trialist (28) Leeds Utd Dallas (1,27) Antonsson (33) Erwin (58,89)

Attendance – 3,000

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Clarets Interested In Kone

Burnley Looking To Sign  Lamine Kone

Burnley Football Club have made an enquiry for Sunderland and Ivory Coast centre-back Lamine Kone as a replacement for Michael Keane who joined Everton this week.  Kone is available as he wants to play in the top flight and manager Simon Grayson is willing to sell the defender in order to boost his transfer funds.

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Kone had interest from Everton, Crystal Palace, West Ham and West Bromwich Albion last year before signing a new contract with Sunderland.  He struggled to replicate his form this season after helping Sunderland avoid relegation last year but Clarets manager Sean Dyche remains an admirer of the Ivory Coast international.

The defender wants out of the Stadium of Light following the Black Cats’ relegation to the Championship and the exodus of players, including Jermain Defoe and Jordan Pickford.

Dyche is keen to add to his squad for the forthcoming campaign having completed the signing of Charlie Taylor from Leeds United and Jonathan Walters from Stoke City for a fee that could reach £3million.  Walters’ Move means there are five Republic of Ireland internationals plying their trade at Turf Moor, including defenders Stephen Ward and Kevin Long and midfielders Jeff Hendrick and Robbie Brady.

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Clarets Linked With Everton Midfielder

Clarets Interested In Gareth Barry

According to reports in the The Daily Mail newspaper, Burnley are interested in signing Gareth Barry from Everton, Barry has been at Everton since a loan spell at Goodson Park from Manchester City.  The midfielder is now 36 and is entering his final year of his current contract which runs out in June 2018.

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Sean Dyche is interested in signing the former Aston Villa midfielder who can still do a job in the Premier League, Everton could let Barry move on as they have a very strong midfield department at the moment.

It would make sense for the midfielder to leave Everton in the summer transfer window, as he could struggle for playing time at the Toffees this season. The former Manchester City and Aston Villa midfielder started 23 Premier League matches for Everton last season and made 10 substitute appearances.

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Phil Parkinson Signs Former Captain

Stephen Darby Joins Bolton Wanderers

Bolton Wanderers have today confirm the signing of free agent Stephen Darby on a two year contract.  Darby was released by Bradford City at the end of last season and will be reunited with former manager Phil Parkinson at Macron Stadium having spent the past five years with the Yorkshire side.

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Having started his career at Anfield and was part of the Liverpool youth team that won back to back FA Youth Cups in 2006 and 2007.  During his time with the Premier League outfit he enjoyed loan stints with Swindon Town, Notts County and Rochdale before moving permanently to Bradford City in 2012.

After departing the Bantams earlier this summer, Darby has now linked up with the Whites ahead of their return to the Sky Bet Championship. Speaking about signing for Wanderers Stephen Darby said, “I’m delighted to sign for Bolton Wanderers, it’s such a big club and I can’t wait to get going.  I’m really pleased that everything is sorted now and I’m looking forward to joining up with the lads ahead of an exciting season.”

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