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Kalvenes First to Leave

Kalvenes First to Leave

The Clarets have eleven first team players out of contrat in the summer and today the club have announced the first departure.

Left back Christain Kalvenes has now left the club after the remainder of his contract was terminated by mutual consent.

Kalvenes was signed by Owen Coyle on a free transfer from Dundee United in June 2008.

The 33-year-old Norwegian has rarely featured for the Clarets this season struggling to get a regular place with both Stephen Jordan and Danny Fox ahead of him in the pecking order.Even David Edgar played a couple of games in that position

In the Championship last season he made 21 appearances, scored a vital goal away to Blackpool and played in the play-offs final at Wembley back in May last year.

He could only manage three starts though in the Premier League this season and made an additional three appearances from the bench. His final game for the Clarets was against Chelsea back in January at Turf Moor when he came on as a substitute.

His contract still had 3 months to run but this has been terminated early so he can return home to Norway.

Vital Burnley wish Christian all the best for the future and thank him for his contribution as a Claret!

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Date:Thursday April 8 2010
Time: 5:49PM


Not really a surprise this although he could probably have done a job for us in the Championship if thats where we finish up after this season
08/04/2010 17:53:00
Left back is a strong position for us. All the very best Christian, put a real shift in for us last season and provided perhaps THE pivotal moment of the season when he put our promotion campaign back on track with that goal at Blackpool. Also one of the best tackling full-backs I have seen at Turf Moor. Just his lack of pace that exposed him at times but he often made up for that with his excellent judgement in the tackle. Wish the lad well.
08/04/2010 18:57:00
I hope that, for as long as I live, I'll remember to tell anyone who's listening that, on the way from Wenbley to the tube, I got to talk with Christian Kalvenes's brother, who was there with other members of his family. Proud to share the memories.
Couch Potato
08/04/2010 19:42:00
Tag, Christian!
08/04/2010 19:50:00
For a long time I preferred him to Jordan last year, because he didn't wander off like Jordan does, he knew his job was full back. But was just a tadge lacking in pace which was certainly going to be a huge problem in this league. Good luck to him and his family remembering of course they have a new youngster in tow, perhaps Norway is the right place for him to be.
08/04/2010 20:05:00
Will never forget him a wembley Hero for Burnley. Thanks Christian.
Grimsby Claret
08/04/2010 20:28:00
Kalvenes wasn't really one of my favourite players and never looked fit enough during his relatively short spelll at Turf Moor. Nevertheless, he played his part last year and was a tough little player - didn't realise he was 33. I wish him well for the future.
09/04/2010 12:39:00
Wish him well also and think he did well when called upon last year. Agree with VR - Last season I preferred him to Jordan as a first choice Left Back.
09/04/2010 18:31:00
I think at 33 it was time for him to go. He was a fantastic servant to the club and did a good job and I will always remember him. However, with Fox, Jordan and Easton I think he was well down the pecking order and Jordan has really improved IMO. Thankyou Christian and good luck for the future.
09/04/2010 20:07:00
A thought I have just had though - Kalvenes has gone, Rumours are believed to be strong that Jordan will move on in the summer ( maybe to Bolton), Easton is currently back on loan in Scotland and (whilst I know very little), it wouldnt surprise me to see him return to Scotland full time. That would just leave Danny Fox who although was the championship number 1 left back last season ( I think), still has a lot to prove in a Burnley shirt. Could it be we will be in the market for a left back come the summer?
09/04/2010 20:12:00
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