Burnley X-Files: Yes, No and No Thanks!
Three of our former players have been in the news recently. We provide an update on one that has accepted a new contract, one that has refused one, and one that has not been offered one at all!
Our former loan keeper, Mike Pollit now 38 has signed a new one year contract with Wigan. Pollitt has played second fiddle to Wigan's Number One keeper, Chris Kirkland for a numebr of seasons now and must have thought his days were numbered when Wigan manager Roberto Martinez brought in Vladimir Stojkovic on loan from Sporting Lisbon in January to be Kirkland's deputy.
Stojkovic never kept a clean sheet though in the six games he played and put in a number of unconvincing performances.
Pollitt was given his chance in the final game of the season and may have lived to regret his selection considering they had to go to Stamford Bridge with Chelsea needing to win the game to ensure they would be Premier League Champions. Win it of course they did in emphatic style putting eight goals past the hapless Pollitt in a 8-0 tonking!
Martinez though was not about to put the blame on Pollitt and indeed has been singing his praises:
'Mike is a terrific goalkeeper first and foremost with great experience, and he continues to set standards on a daily basis that the younger players can follow,' said the Latics boss.
'He has been patient during his time at the club, but has never been anything less than totally professional and committed to the club.
'He is also an infectious character who is great to have around the dressing room and we are all delighted to have him back.'
Pollitt played for the Clarets during the 2005-6 season and it had been hoped that a permanent deal may have been negotiated. In the end though Pollitt returned to Wigan and Brian Jensen had seen off yet another challenge to his authority!
Fomer Clarets midfielder, John Mullin has been released by Accrington Stanley manager, John Coleman. Mullin, now 34 started his career with Burnley in 1992 before joining Sunderland in 1995. A loan spell at Preston in 1998 was followed by a return to Turf Moor on loan in the same year before a deal was made permanent.
In 2001. Mullin joined Rotherham United before being released by the Millers at the end of the 2005-06 season. He signed for Tranmere Rovers on a two-year deal being reunited with the manager that had brought him to Rotherham, Ronnie Moore.
Mullin was signed by Accrington Stanley on a one year contract after being released by Tranmere at the end of the 2007-08 season.
He has however struggled with an injury for most of the season and has only managed three appearances for Stanley this season.
Marc Pugh was rated as a good prospect at Burnley and was a prolific goal scorer in the youth team and reserves. However he was released from his apprenticeship in February 2006 without ever making his league debut in the first team. The nearest he got was two unused sub appearances in the Carling Cup. The local Bacup lad though enjoyed two spells on loan at Kidderminster Harriers before leaving Turf Moor.
Following a trail Bury gaffer, Chris Casper offered him a short-term contract towards the end of the 2005-6 season. His performance during that spell earned him his first professional contract and he signed a one-year deal in time for the start of the 2006-7 season.
His role as striker has generally transitioned over the years and he is now more of a midfielder and can even play in defence.
Pugh turned down the offer of an extended contract at Bury eventually signing for fellow League Two side Shrewsbury Town in May 2007.
Loan spells at Luton and Hereford followed before he was released by Shrewsbury after having the remaining year of his contract cancelled in June 2009.Four days after his release from Shrewsbury, Pugh re-joined Hereford on a permanent basis, signing a one-year contract.
Hereford offered him a two year extended contract at the end of this season but he has said 'no ta' being linked recently with moves to both Bournemouth and new promoted Championship side Leeds United.
His promising career seemed to have stalled a bit playing for lower league clubs but Pugh is still only 23 so it would be a good move for him if he finishes up at Elland Road.