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Big Mac Back at Burnley!

Kevin McDonald spent two months out on loan to Championship rivals, Scunthorpe United but has now decided to return to Turf Moor despite the Iron wanting to extend his stay.

This means the midfielder will now be available for selection for the Clarets over the festive season and could indeed line up against Scunthorpe when they come to Turf Moor on Tuesday, 28th December.

McDonald suffered a back injury during his first loan period at Glanford Park but eventually made three starts for the Iron in the Championship also coming on twice from the bench and scoring one goal.

Brian Laws taking about Big Mac's return said:

'Kev is coming back and he is going to get his head down and try and get into the team,

'They wanted him to stay but he wants to come back and fight for his spot. He wants to give it a crack'

McDonald has managed just one appearance for the Clarets this season and that was in the Carling Cup away to Morecambe last August.

Meanwhile as announced last week,young Clarets Wes Fletcher and Kevin Long are to stay out on loan for a further month as they continue their footballing education in League Two.

Frontman Fletcher is to stay with Stockport County until 15 January, with central defender Long extending his deal with Accrington Stanley until the same date.

Fletcher, 19, has played half-a-dozen games for Stockport, scoring once, and produced a starring role on his return to the starting line-up in County's 3-3 draw against Crewe last Saturday.

'It was important for Wes to get that League experience. Sometimes players go away and come back a different animal and Wes is doing extremely well,' said Clarets' boss Brian Laws after sanctioning the extended deal.

'I have had good reports. I speak to the manager on a regular basis and we are sending scouts out to watch him, along with a couple of others we have out on loan.'

Long, 20, has started eight games for Stanley since joining the Reds in mid-October and after serving an early ban has become a regular in John Coleman's back four.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday December 20 2010

Time: 2:00PM

Your Comments

Let's hope McDonald does get his head down and starts to make an impression now for the Clarets! Could be interesting options in midfield with McCann also believed to be close to a return
turfmanphil
Don't think we will see to much of McCann this season lets hope big Kev gets a chance now he's back, you never know he might end up saving Laws season and his job?.
Fedupclaret
He has a lot to prove.
grimsby claret
Do you reckon we are being led down the garden path again re McCann? So many times we hear about injured players returning with the Jan window approaching,only to see no return and no new players! They better get a grip this time and spend some dosh
turfmanphil
We have to trust BL and the Board to do the right thing in the Jan window, past experience tells me I am living in cloud cuckoo land. Keep hoping we can make it.
cornwallclaret
The alternative view from the 'This is Scunthorpe' website: BURNLEY midfield man Kevin McDonald seems to be looking for a January move from Turf Moor. The 22-year-old player has returned to the Clarets at the end of a two-month loan period with Scunthorpe. "It was Kevin's decision that he wanted to go back and see what happens for him in January with regards to leaving Burnley," said United boss Ian Baraclough. "I don't think we ever saw the best of Kevin here because of the back injury he picked up when he first arrived and then because of illness. "He was only involved in a handful of games. "But I am sure there is a player there and I have told him to get his head down and keep working hard. "Kevin was not really a player I felt I could bring here full-time because of the wages he will be on." McDonald is out of contract next summer at Turf Moor and seems set for a move after falling out of favour there with former Iron manager Brian Laws. United have not been able to set up a behind closed doors friendly this week after two weeks without a game. "With the weather like it is at the moment there are not many facilities anywhere that are available," said boss Baraclough.
turfmanphil
Cork, Marney and McDonald or do we not want 3 in that central midfield area? It really is a guessing game imo.
vinrogue
Add McCann to that equation and it gets even more complicated. Guess it all depends on 4-4-2 v 4-3-3,holding midfielder or not etc. Elliott could also be in centre mid but surely by now everybody including Laws can see he's more comfotable out on flank!
turfmanphil
Can BL see anything
cornwallclaret
You do wonder sometimes!
turfmanphil
 

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