Burnley X-Files: Chadwick, Jones and Courtney!
Clarets fans may well like to know that a few of our former players from the past have this week found new clubs. We start with Luke Chadwick. League Two newcomers Cambridge United this week signed the former on loan Burnley midfielder on a permanent basis after a successful loan spell at the end of last season.
Chadwick signed a one-year deal with the U's after helping his home-town club into the Football League last season.
'To be part of a Cambridge squad that's back in the Football League is something special,' said Chadwick.
'I can't wait for the season to start,' he told his new club's website.
The 33-year-old previously agreed to have his contract with MK Dons mutually terminated despite having 12 months left to run.
Chadwick started his career with Manchester United and whilst on their books he had a spell at Turf Moor on loan between 2003-2004 making 36 appearances for the club and scoring 5 goals. After leaving Old Trafford he signed for West Ham United in the summer of 2004 before joining Stoke City at the start of the 2005-06 season following a loan spell. Norwich City followed in January 2007 again following a loan spell and then in December 2008, Chadwick joined the MK Dons after the usual loan spell on a two and a half-year deal!
Next Ex on the move is winger Steve Jones. Jones was a Steve Cotterill signing in July 2006 picked up on a Bosman after he left Crewe having previously played for Chadderton, Blackpool, Bury, Sligo Rovers, Bray Wanderers, Chorley and Leigh RMI. He made 58 appearances for the Clarets scoring six goals and during his time at Turf Moor also had loan spells at Crewe, Huddersfield and Bradford City. After three seasons at Turf Moor, Jones signed for Walsall in July 2009, penning a two-year deal with the then League One club. After that his Football League career was effectively over and a string of amateur clubs followed including Droylsden, AFC Telford United and Airbus UK Broughton. This week the winger now 37 decided to move back closer to his roots joining Nantwich Town who are members of the Evo-Stik League Premier Division.
The last former Burnley player on the move this week is Duane Courtney and many Burnley fans may struggle to remember him ever playing in Claret & Blue! The defender, now 29 made just seven appearances for the Clarets having signed from non-league Telford United in August 2005 on a two year contract. Not one of Steve Cotterill`s best ideas it would appear! His first and only start for Burnley came in a 3-2 victory at Luton Town in November 2005, a game remembered more for an Akinbiyi hat-trick and the sending off of keeper, Brian Jensen with a certain Mr Spicer taking up the goalie position! Courtney though did impress but that was about it! In May 2006 and just eight appearances later he was put on the transfer list. He would never reach the dizzy heights again and a string of non-league/lower league clubs followed including The New Saints, Kidderminster Harriers, York City and Tamworth. This week he has returned back to the Conference Premier following Tamworth`s relegation last season deciding to join Alfreton.