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Gone to Cort, Leon!

32 year old defender, Leon Cort who had been out on a season-long loan to Charlton Athletic has today had his contract with Burnley Football Club terminated by mutual consent. He is now free to pursue his career elsewhere. Charlton could now consider signing him on a permanent deal as a free agent.

Under his loan contract Burnley were free to recall the player between the 3rd and 13th January and they decided to take up that option in order to release the player.

Cort signed for the Clarets from Stoke City in January 2010 for 1.5 million pounds agreeing a three-and-a-half year deal. At the time we were in the Premier League and had just lost Owen Coyle with new gaffer, Brian Laws sealing the deal.

The former Millwall, Southend, Hull and Crystal Palace player made 15 appearances for the Clarets that season but could not help Burnley avoid relegation.

The following season, appearances were limited and he joined Preston North End for a loan spell in November 2010. It soon became clear under new manager, Eddie Howe, that Cort's days at Turf Moor were numbered and in August 2011 he was signed by Charlton Athletic on a season-long loan.

Cort has recently become a Guyana international making his debut in their 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Barbados and Bermuda back in October last year.

It is sad to part company with the defender, but it never really worked out for him at Turf Moor and certainly his salary would have been a burden on the club financially so this is probably the best outcome for both parties.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 9 2012

Time: 5:06PM

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Good luck, Leon, sorry it never worked out for yer at Turf Moor!
turfmanphil
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09/01/2012 17:09:00

With all respect to Leon, doesn't this mean that we've got 15k more to use p/w ?
nor-claret
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09/01/2012 17:51:00

Thats a money pit off our back. Leon was not good enough for the championship.
Grimsby Claret
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09/01/2012 17:53:00

Played his heart out at home against Barnsley midweek match, was my MOM that evening. He wasn't always rubbish but he always was a Laws emergency signing and was never given a fair chance unlike Edgar.
VinRogue
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09/01/2012 18:16:00

I think I am right in saying that Cort never appeared once under Howe (apart from a pre-season friendly) with all his 20 odd appearances coming under Laws tenure. One wonders if Carlisle is next
turfmanphil
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09/01/2012 18:53:00

Given what Carisle has been up to at PNE I would be suprised if we managed to off load him, however never listen to rumours!
VinRogue
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09/01/2012 19:01:00

It must say how low Eddie rated Cort and rates Carlisle, With the defensive injuries and suspensions we have had recently and he lets one go and doesn't recall the other. Hope this signals the soon arrival of a new defender!
YorkshireClaret
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09/01/2012 21:08:00

I imagine he'll have been paid off with a portion of what he would have been paid over the next 18 months, so it won't free up his entire wage. VR - Edgar never really got a proper chance until this season - only 5 starts in his first two seasons, while Cort went straight into the team and pretty much stayed there for the rest of the premier season.
NosPiraatu
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09/01/2012 22:53:00

Ide rather have Cort in the Squad than Bikey, Cort is a worker & a far better team player as a footballer not fast enough to play in the centre of defence in the Championship, I wish him all the best
Albmaleaf claret
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10/01/2012 06:36:00

Charlton have completed the signing of defender Leon Cort on a free transfer. The 32-year-old became a free agent earlier this week after his contract was cancelled by Burnley,.
turfmanphil
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13/01/2012 15:59:00

 

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