Grant Becomes Second Keeper To Leave!
The Official site has now confirmed following widespread speculation, that Lee Grant has left Burnley to join his former club, Derby County.
His contract at Turf Moor expired this summer and he was offered new terms by the Clarets but turned them down in favour of becoming a Rams player once more having accepted a three-year deal at Pride Park
The official site spin is that the 30-year-old has left for personal reasons to be near his family but we all know the real reasons. The club was looking for him to take a significant pay cut so it is pretty obvious he left for a better financial package. It is a typical symptom of this penny pinching club of ours that we simply refuse to compete and let an excellent keeper like Lee Grant leave to a Championship rival for the sake of a few extra pounds. Sean Dyche made this obvious in his statement following the keeper's departure:
'Lee was signed at a significant cost to the club and was one of our biggest earners.
'We were keen to retain his services and made an offer to do so, but the lure of moving back to Derby , where his family are based, ultimately proved too good to turn down and we are sorry to lose him.
'However, we wish him well and thank him for his contribution to the club.'
There was no doubt Grant was becoming a popular figure amongst fans and last week he was voted as the fans` player of the year
Grant made 130 appearances in his second spell with the Clarets, having previously joined on loan during the 2005/06 campaign. With no money forthcoming from his sale, which is another example of how poor we are in this game, we now need to find two goalkeepers in the summer and maybe three if third string keeper, Jon Stewart also out-of-contract this summer is not offered new terms.