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arfield marneyScott Arfield and Dean Marney will both be leaving Burnley Football Club at the end of the season, Arfield after six years a Claret and Marney with three more years since he signed for us.

Speaking at today’s press conference, ahead of Saturday’s home game against Brighton, manager Sean Dyche confirmed the news.  He said: “We have to allow these lads the right and the chance to align their futures and honour the fact they’ve been fantastic servants to us as well. They have been a massive part of what we’ve done here and fantastic servants of Burnley Football Club.”

He added: “I have nothing but respect for the people and the players and, therefore, if we can help them along the way and be open minded about their next moves, and who they’re speaking to, then we’ll certainly do that.”

I think we all knew that a move to Rangers was likely for Arfield, and Up the Clarets believe this news could be confirmed over the weekend. “Rangers contacted the club, through the right channels, to speak about Scotty,” Dyche added.

“H wanted a new challenge and the Rangers one is an inviting one for him. He was a Rangers fan as a kid and also this is a really good opportunity for him.”

Marney, we know, has been talking to Nottingham Forest, and Dyche confirmed: “Sometimes the time is right for them to move onto a new challenge and I think Deano is there now. He’s had the chance to speak to a couple of people and he’s taken that chance.

“We’ve made it clear to him we’re not going to get in the way of things. We want him to have a bright future beyond us. He’s fit and well and champing at the bit. We’re respectful of Deano, another fine servant of the club both before me and with me. We don’t forget people here anyway, but particularly ones who do well for us.”

Both players are out of contract this summer. Arfield, who is currently out injured, has declined an offer and will now take up his option as a free agent as will Marney who hasn’t kicked a ball in the first team since being stretchered off at Arsenal in January of last year.

Arfield and Marney have, as Dyche says, been terrific servants, and I’ll be writing about their Burnley careers later. They will both be leaving with our thanks for what have been wonderful contributions in claret and blue.

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