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One Eck of a Goodbye!

22 year old right back, Richard Eckersley is no longer a Burnley player! The club, by mutual consent have terminated his contract with eighteen months still to go and he is now a free agent. Eckersley signed a four-year deal with Burnley in July 2009 after leaving Manchester United. Due to his age United were entitled to compensation and a FA tribunal eventually decided that a fee of £500,000 was in order. Burnley FC claimed victory with United originally wanting £1 million compared to our £300,000 estimate.

It may have seemed like a victory at the time but in the end we did not have much return on our investment. Eckersley made his Burnley debut in a Carling Cup second round match against Hartlepool United but was then sent off in the tenth minute of extra time. His only appearances for the Clarets were in the cup competitions and he now leaves the club without ever making his league debut for them. For most of his time on Burnley`s books he was sent out on loan having spells at Plymouth, Bradford City and Bury before crossing the pond to play for MLS side, Toronto FC.

He impressed in Canada and now looks set to join them on a permanent basis ahead of their new season. Paul Mariner, Toronto`s director of player development, had been manager at Plymouth Argyle when Eckersley was there and brought him to the club in April 2011. Eckersley instantly made an impression and went on to make the right back spot his own there last season. His loan with the Reds expired earlier this month, and negotiations had been ongoing since.

It is reported that Toronto FC are now close to finalising a permanent deal for Eckersley.

Sometimes things just don`t wont work out for a player at a club and that is certainly the case regarding Eckersley at Burnley. At least we now have another underachieving expensive player off the payroll. Every manager makes mistakes, sometimes costly ones and that was certainly the case with Brian Laws after signing Leon Cort, another player that Burnley recently released from contract by mutual consent. Eckersley was signed by Owen Coyle though and he now seems to be just one of many players signed by Mr. Judas that failed to make the grade at the club. We can now add Eckersley to the likes of van der Schaaf, Penny, Guerrero and the rest.

It`s a shame it didn`t work out for the lad at Turf Moor but we all wish him well in his future career.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 26 2012

Time: 7:51AM

Your Comments

No surprises here! Had been mooted for some time! Just hope the savings on Cort and Eckersley will be put towards some new players and not used to pay off debt.
turfmanphil
He looked a promising signing, showing plenty of spirit which we were somewhat lacking but needed to curb his enthusiasm. No-one can win all the time so no blame from me and hope the lad enoys his career.
cornwallclaret
I am no accountant but I would hazard a guess that getting him and Cort off the payroll will only avoid us going into "greater debt", possibly allowing the manager a bit of flexibility on upping the wages and contracts of players we already have and want to keep - namely JayRod. It is not going to allow us to buy a £Xmillion player and pay him£20k a week.
VinRogue
Depends how much debt they are prepared to risk to try and achieve promotion with the club just three points off the play-offs and less than one week of transfer window remaining. Getting Cort and Eck off payroll at least provides some additional insurance
turfmanphil
True tmp, it also shows we are working hard behind the scenes to get the playing staff looking a little more like a Professional club than a rag tag and bob tail outfit as it did when we had VDS, Penny, Guerrero, Ecks, Cort, Carlisle(next?) etc etc. Sorting out all the loose ends so to speak, whilst also realising the squad needs a loan signing or two for our top 6 push.
VinRogue
he must love us ...... no games in 3 years nice !
hollinsclaret
Now confirmed signed for Toronto FC. MLS and club policy dictates no details of transfers provided to public although his salary will be ultimately revealed by union (ca $90.000 last season)
turfmanphil
 

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