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Burnley X-Files: Ricketts Roving Again!

31-year old former Burnley loan striker, Michael Ricketts has had his contract at Prenton Park cancelled by mutual agreement. He only signed for Tranmere Rovers last August penning a one-year deal but he has not started a game since Novmeber having only made just eight starts all season.

Manager, Les Parry is quoted as saying in the Indpendent:

'Michael felt he needed regular football so we've given him the chance to join another club'

Ricketts must surely be one of the country's most travelled journeymen of football.

An England international with just one solitary cap, he started his career with Walsall before moving to Bolton in July 2000 for 500,000. In his best spell with any club he scored 37 goals in 98 appearances for the Trotters.

At the height of his career he signed for Middlesbrough in July 2003 for 3 million but the goals dried up and in June 2004, he signed for the then Championship side Leeds United on a free transfer.

He still could not get his goalscoring touch back and found himslef going out on loan to Stoke City and Cardiff.

In January 2006 Steve Cotterill brought him to Turf Moor in a loan deal that would keep him at the club until the end of the season. He showed early promise scoring twice in his first three games but then once again the goals dried up as Burnley struggled to avoid relegation.

After returning to Leeds in the summer, he finally left the club in June 2006, signing a two-year deal with Southend United.

He could not settle though, nor could he score and that remained the same after spells with Preston and then Oldham.

Ricketts finally returned to his first club, Walsall on loan in November 2007 before signing a permanent deal in July 2008 after Oldham cancelled his contract earlier in the year. At least his goal scoring touch returned with 12 goals in 40 matches for Walsall but once again he soon found himself looking for another club after being released at the end of that season.

Tranmere Rovers was his 11th professional club and now he is looking for a 12th!


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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 23 2010

Time: 11:05AM

Your Comments

Poor chap should hang up his boots!
turfmanphil
We need someone for our 5-aside team on a Tuesday. Do you reckon that he is available - I can offer a regular first team place.
heathfieldclaret
Two things surprise me about this. Can't believe he is only 31, nor that someone would give him any kind of playing contract. Absolutely hopeless.
RickersTwickers
In his time at the Turf, I just thought he looked disinterested for the most part. Shame - He showed real potential in his time at Bolton and I thought he was deserving of the cap he got.
Claretdale
One good season at Bolton is what he has been living off
8clarets8
 

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