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A few more titbits of news concerning the Clarets you may have missed during the Wembley celebrations and your rejoicing in the fact that We Are Premier League,Burnley Are Premier League:

The New Young Guns in Claret

Chris Lynch, Nik Kudiersky, Chris Anderson, Alex-Ray Harvey and Wes Fletcher have this week put pen to paper on one-year professional deals after being informed last month that they would be offered contracts.

Accrington born,18-year-old Ben Hoskin,the nephew of former Claret Ashley Hoskin might make it six after being given a short-term contract to prove himself during pre-season. He has been out injured for several months with a stress fracture of the back.

Owen Coyle speaking to the Lancashire Telgraph said:

'If they`re good enough, I don`t care what age they are, they`ll play in my team because they bring a whole range of attributes and that`s been borne out by the younger players you`ve seen taking the field for us. Sometimes it`s all very easy to sit and chat, and talk about this or that. But we`ve backed that up, not just chatting about it but actually making the decision to play those kids. The five are a mix. There`s two centre backs in Nik Kudiersky and Lynchy, who we believe in terms of photo fits for centre halves have got everything you`d look for. Added to that they`ve got ability. None of them are the finished article, they`re all kids making their way in the game but they`ll get an opportunity. Then it will be up to them. The two midfield lads, Alex-Ray and Scorer (Anderson), are talented players. Both box-to-box players, both can pass the ball and score a goal. One`s left-sided and one`s right-sided, so there`s a nice balance there and again it will be up to them to really progress and take their game on. Wes Fletcher is a striker who`s got pace and can score goals, and again we think we can improve him as we did with Rodriguez. And all being well it actually might be six because young Ben, who has been out injured, will get a couple of months at the start of pre-season training to show where he`s at. He`s been injured for four or five months. We`re trying to be fair to him, so it might become six players we`re taking on, which is unheard of."

Owen Coyle, Celtic and Time for a Break

Both the Club and Owen Coyle have denied there has been any approach from Celtic to lure away the gaffer. Indeed Coyle looks close to agreeing an extension to his contract at Turf Moor for another two years with only fine details to be resolved.

It now looks like this will be finalised after Owen Coyle's holiday. He left for a 10 day break at the weekend and most Clarets fans will be hoping that by the time he gets back Celtic will have a new manager in place and wont be pestering him any further.

Owen Coyle before he left made the strongest statement yet that he intends to manage the Clarets in the top flight of English football:

'All I would say is the same I have said from day one; I am fully committed to the job in hand at Burnley Football Club.We have an unbelievable adventure ahead of us and we want to make sure that when the season kicks off we do our ultimate to stay in the best division in the world.I am so excited at the challenge and prospect of pitting our Burnley side against the best.'

Burnley X-Files

Three of our former players were in the news this week after moving on from their current clubs.

Paul McVeigh,the 31 year old Northern Ireland International striker and attacking midfielder has been released by Luton and is looking for a new club.

The former Spurs player had a brief spell at Turf Moor after Steve Cotterill signed him from Norwich on loan towards the end of the 2006-07 season. He played eight times scoring three goals during his stay.

The Canaries released him that Summer and he evetually joined Kevin Blackwell's Luton Town in July 2007.

He is currently in the US for a short trial with MLS team San Jose Earthquakes in a bid to gain a contract after being released from Luton on a free transfer this month.

Another of Cotterill's loans, Richard Duffy is also looking for a new club after being released by Millwall.

The former Swansea and Portsmouth right back, now 23 played seven games for the Clarets after signing on loan at the beginning of the 2004/05 season from Pompey. He also scored a memorable goal at Elland Road, with the Clarets coming out victors that day 2-1.

A Welsh International after returning to Portsmouth he had a number of further loan spells including four at Coventry City and one with former club Swansea.

He finally signed for Millwall in February 2009 on a contract for the rest of the season.

Millwall boss Kenny Jackett who also managed him at Swansea has decided though not to offer him a new deal and so he was also released this week.

The final ex-Claret in the news this week was striker Steve Guinan. He completed last season with League 1 bottom club, Hereford but has now joined fellow newly relegated side Northampton in League 2.

Guinan was on loan at Turf Moor from Nottingham Forest just over twelve years ago and played just six games for the Clarets in 1997.

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Date:Sunday May 31 2009
Time: 2:28PM


Anybody remember Guinan?
31/05/2009 14:31:00
31/05/2009 14:38:00
No - Am surprised by the Guinan news - Was that under Waddle?
31/05/2009 15:19:00
Saw him play for the reserves at Bradford - he was on loan in about 1995/6 from Forest and was going to be "big". He missed a few nice chances, which was when I realised he was going to be "crap".
31/05/2009 17:30:00
I remember him vaguely and am sure I have seen him since plying his trade in the lower reaches. If he has joined Northampton then he must be Cobblers !
02/06/2009 22:03:00
I am surprised McVeigh and Duffy haven't gone onto better things! I thought they both did alright for us! Could have held their own at Championship level
03/06/2009 20:27:00
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