So Who Will Still be Claret?-by TMP
Well already we have said goodbye to a number of the youth team who managed to make it to the first team bench eg Crossley, Hanley, Pugh and Reilly.
Gifton Noel-Williams who never really settled at the club has been shifted off to Brighton on loan and I cant see him returning [or if he does, remaining and starting with the club in 2006/7]
Our only player out of contract this close season will be Graham Branch, a long serving player of the club. He is a useful utility player and I would hope we could sign him for at least one more season.
I have some doubts that Frank Sinclair although still under contract might make it, whilst an excellent solid defender he does tend to be injury prone and keen to get booked! He is also not getting any younger! Please dont go though Frank!
Steve Cotterill has made an announcement recently that all the team are quote 'playing for their shirts' so it remains to be seen if we have more of a clear out. We are continually told we have the smallest squad in the League though and we seem to have played the 'pleading poverty' card once too often in the past.
Very positive noises though now appear to be coming out of the Club and we are told that all debts have been paid off. The Club also appears to be saying they have ambition more and more and I sense this time they actually do have particularly after securing Steve's services for another 4.5 years and bringing in the likes of Andy Gray and Alan Mahon.
The coup bringing in Andy Gray over the heads of Derby, Leeds and Preston must say something for the club, so much so that Andy said himself recently:
'Some people might question if I would want to get back into the Premiership after my time at Sunderland, but I want to get promoted with Burnley in my time here and I wouldn't have joined if they weren't ambitious'
There are also rumours circulating that as part of Steve's new contract which he signed recently, significant funds would be released to him for squad building . The process already seems to have started with Andy Gray and Alan Mahon coming on board.
Dave Edmundson, our Chief Exceutive recently gave an excellent positive reply to a number of questions raised by Vital Burnley's Site Editor [MattBFC] thus further confirming that the word ambition was now being not just 'talked' but also 'walked'! A summary of the Interview was posted on this site
Chairman, Barry Kilby will have another chance to demonstrate this hopefully as he responds to a number of questions provided by Clarets fans at a Clarets Trust Members meeting following the QPR match next Saturday [5pm Foundation Lounge 8/4/06-Full details provided elsewhere]
However returning to the question, who else leaves remains to be seen I do hope though that whoever goes will be replaced and added to and we cease to be one of the smallest squads in this Division. The omens look good!
So who do you think might not make it for the Clarets by the start of the 2006-7 Season? What are you thinking Steve?