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The Bottle of Claret Has a Cork!

Burnley boss Brian Laws has beaten the transfer deadline to land Chelsea midfielder Jack Cork.

The 20-year-old has joined the Clarets on loan from the Barclays Premier League leaders until the end of the season.

He becomes Burnley's sixth new signing since Laws took charge in the middle of last month.

'I am very pleased to get Jack in from Chelsea. We will feel we have got a good acquisition to the squad,' said the Clarets' chief.

'I have tracked him for quite a while. He's played a lot of games in the Championship and has been greatly admired for his football.

'It's an addition to the midfield where I feel we need to strengthen, having picked up a couple of little injuries and niggles.

'He's an England under-21 international and I spoke to Stuart Pearce about him and Stuart Gray has trained with him with England so we know a lot about him.

'He is very good on the ball, can deal with it in tight situations, doesn't give it away cheaply and he's a quality player.

'He has got good energy levels and he can pick a pass and we need that quality on the ball.

'I think his qualities will embrace the fact that we want to play good football.'

Cork is highly regarded at Chelsea, where he signed a new three-year contract last summer, and travelled with Carlo Ancelotti's squad to watch the Blues` 2-1 win at Burnley at the weekend.

'Chelsea were delighted to do it because they feel he's ready now to play Premier League games,' Laws added.

'He's been involved in their squad for the last few games. He came up with the team for the game here on Saturday and stayed over and we got the paperwork done today.'

Cork is yet to make a senior appearance for the Blues since coming through the youth ranks at Stamford Bridge.

But the central midfield player, who has also operated as a defender, has gained extensive first-team experience during loan spells with Coventry, Southampton, Watford, Scunthorpe and Bournemouth.

The son of former Wimbledon and Sheffield United striker Alan, Cork has made over 100 league appearances, including 21 for Coventry during a successful four-month loan spell in the Championship earlier this season.


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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday February 1 2010

Time: 2:54PM

Your Comments

Thats probably it for the day then! Quite a productive day although no real shocks
turfmanphil
Not even any rumours yet of some of our fringe players going out?
turfmanphil
Apart from Jay going to Barnsley and Tommo to QPR !
Bernie Lee
Let's hope he turns out to be a corker :-) I wonder if any of our fringe players will go before the deadline?
8clarets8
oops snap!!!
8clarets8
The more we sign the better
grimsby claret
Just said on Sky Sports Laws is still after another signing!
turfmanphil
Excellent signing and as long as we have no surprises in the next 2 hours I now think we will stay up. An excellent window for Laws. Compare this to what Judas has done at his new club (just forwards, surprise surprise), and what Wolves have done (just 2 unknown loans). McCarthy sounded rattled on the radio talking about missing out on Hunt and I'd be amazed if we didn't finish above them and Hull. The poll on the right doesn't have my predicted stay up figure - 35 points. Can't see Wolves or Hull getting more than 12, 13 at most.
CrosspoolClarets
Yep,I have 35 points earmaked too with five home victories against West Ham, Pompey, Wolves, Blackburn and Stoke being the must-wins for me to add to our current 20 points. Anything else will be a bonus. Only 3 clubs with 35-38 points have been relegated in last six seasons. So 35 it is with anything else a bonus and I am looking to get something at aways against Hull and Wigan at least
turfmanphil
The Laws revolution continues, all good news and so far, no bad. I'm in the 35 points club as well, but is Fulham a fair bet under current form for our first away win?
WelshClaret
To All Members of the 35 club - the poll has now been amended. Though I still think it will be 38 points required.
RickersTwickers
We have got to start getting those points soon though, hope it stars this saturday.
Grimsby Claret
I think we'll finish above Hull but I am less sure of finishing above Wolves. I agree that Fulham away is a great opportunity for us. I remember last season Hull won there...I think it was their only win in the second half of the season, certainly away from home.
cubanclaret
Be careful tmp. When leagues are tight like this teams can go down on as many as 42 pts as West Ham did a few years back!
heathfieldclaret
Wow 6 playes in, well done Brian and some good signings. I must admit I didn't really expect anything to really happen after being dumped mid transfer window.
sheclaret
Take Care of him.Make him a star & you'll probably keep him.Good or bad we never recall english players which is a shame for us & good for you.
Chelsea24/7
Welcome to Jack also - Wonder if he will get a start on Saturday? i assume this will depend on the fitness of Mccann, Grezza and big Kev
Claretdale
 

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