Date:Friday January 21 2011
Local boy Marc Pugh could be making a return to Burnley if local media reports are true.
The 23 year old, Bacup born attacking midfielder started his career at Burnley as an out-and-out striker,coming through the youth system. He never quite made the first team for the Clarets having to be content with just two unused sub appearances in the Carling Cup.
He was however prolific as a goal scorer for the Clarets second-string and youth team and looked to be on the cusp of breaking through into the first team. Pugh made his third year of apprenticeship for the Clarets and was sent out on loan for two spells at Kidderminster Harriers in 2005 and 2006 to give him first-team experience. In February 2006 though on returning from his second loan spell, Pugh found out he would be released by the Clarets without signing his first professional contract. Many Clarets fans were surprised by the move and there was a suggestion it may have been done on financial grounds with the club having already given Kyle Lafferty and Chris McCann professional contracts.
League 2 side Bury though gave him a short-term contract following a three week long trial at the club and eventually the then Bury manager Chris Casper offered him a new one-year contract at Gigg Lane in 2006 after helping them stave off relegation.
Pugh became a regular first-team player in the 2006-07 season and continued to impress especially in the first half of the season So much so he was offered an extended contract at the club. He decided however to reject the offer in order to keep his options open.
He eventually signed for League Two side Shrewsbury Town in May 2007 but it did not prove a successful career move. After spending spells out on loan to Luton and then Hereford United, he was released by the club after having the remaining year of his contract cancelled in June 2009.
Pugh re-joined Hereford but this time on a permanent basis following their relegation to League Two. He signed a one-year contract with them in June 2009 and finished the 2009-10 season as Hereford's top goalscorer with 13 goals in 46 appearances. But despite this, he rejected a new two year contract joining newly-promoted League One team Bournemouth in June 2010.
His stay at Dean Court has been impressive to date. He has been a star performer for the Cherries this season, scoring 10 goals in 22 league appearances for the League One club.
So could his former manager at Bournemouth, Eddie Howe be interested in now bringing him to Turf Moor? It is an obvious link but is it just speculation because of it or is there some truth in the rumour?
Pugh does seem to be an effective versatile player these days and can play on the wing ,in midfield and up front. Perhaps it is time for a reunion?
Date:Friday January 21 2011
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