That Was The Clarets Week That Was...
One of the players released by Burnley in the close season has found pastures new! David Edgar will remain in the Championship next season after agreeing a two year deal with Birmingham City.
Birmingham boss Lee Clark talking about his new signing said:
"I coached Dave when he was a young player at Newcastle and I was the reserve manager.
"He`s a good professional with a strong character and has leadership qualities.
"His versatility is important to us in the way that we want to work.
"I think we`ve done really well to get him because he played a huge part in what Burnley did last year.
"When I spoke to Sean Dyche he was really fulsome in his praise of what Dave had done."
It was then Burnley gaffer, Owen Coyle who decided to take a punt on the Canadian international after bringing him to Turf Moor from Newcastle United five seasons ago. Eddie Howe decided to extend his contract in January 2012 but he failed to impress under current gaffer, Sean Dyche and in last season`s campaign ending in promotion to the top flight, the 27 year old could muster only five starts. His last start was in the 1-1 draw against Watford at Vicarage Road in April when he stood in for the suspended Dean Marney. In total, Edgar notched up 114 appearances for the Clarets during his time at Turf Moor and will be remembered most for an impressive brace against Hull City at the KC Stadium during the 2011/12 season. It was two goals of just four he managed to score whilst on Burnley`s books but they ensured Burnley came from 2-0 down to ultimately secure a 3-2 victory.
Speculation continues of course that Danny Ings could be off to pastures new with a number of high-profile Premier League clubs believed to be in the chase to sign him. We will discuss this more in our 'Weekly Rumour Mill` feature but it is interesting to note the statements that came out from the club this week.
Clarets co-chairman John Banaszkiewicz this week has tried to throw cold water on speculation linking the hotshot striker with a move away from Turf Moor with Southampton in particular thought to be keen on bringing the player to St Mary`s :
"I haven`t had anything at all from them or received anything from Southampton.
"We haven`t had any formal approach but regardless it`s in our interests to keep him because he`s been a great asset to the club. We`d like him to stay, he`s still contracted to us and we`d like to maintain that for next season."
Some Clarets fans might also be a little concerned that no new signings in close season have yet occurred despite plenty of speculation.
John B also spoke this week to try and allay such fears:
"We want to assure the fans that the management, the coaching team and the staff on the recruitment side are working around the clock to look for the right candidates. There is a holiday period and a lot of people away but we`re still focussed on landing the right players.
"In this world and in our business you can`t put a price on a commodity screen and click a button and it`s done. Buying a player is like a three stage process - it`s the player, the agent and the club and does he mould in to what we want.
"We`re being diligent, trying to be sensible and clever. We have targets but if we tell people about our strategy then it makes it transparent for others. It makes it more difficult for us. We are on top of it and following all leads and connections. We`re shopping around for the best players for this club."
"We absolutely want to keep our key players. We hope we`ll be using a lot of the team for next season. It`s all about team synergy to enhance our prospects. We do obviously need to build the squad ready for the Premier League as well.
"We want to keep our best players and that`s proven with Kieran Trippier. He`s one of the most sought after players at the club and we managed to get that over the line."
It looks like one player though will definitely be coming back to the club. Winger Michael Kightly is reportedly close to signing a permanent deal at Turf Moor after spending last season on loan at the club. An announcement could be made to that effect within days when he returns from his honeymoon next week. It is thought that Stoke City, his current club have agreed a £1 million transfer fee. There was an agreement in last season`s loan deal that Burnley would sign the former Wolves winger if they achieved promotion and it looks like that will now be honoured. The 28-year-old made it clear he would like to join Burnley on a permanent basis after falling down the pecking order at Stoke under Mark Hughes. Last season he was crucial to our success and ultimate promotion to the Premier League making 38 appearances for the Clarets during the campaign. His signing will be viewed as a positive move by most Clarets fans.