Date:Monday January 9 2012
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.
Date:Monday January 9 2012
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