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It hasn’t been the best of years for striker Chris Long who was released by three clubs from May 2018 until last month.

1516 burnley chris long 00 630x420A year ago, his three year stay at Burnley came to an end, a stay that saw him start just one league game for us, that at Cardiff in November 2015. During his time at Burnley he spent his second two season out on loan. He was with Fleetwood and Bolton in 2016/17 before enjoying a season long loan at Northampton in 2017/18 that saw him scored nine league goals.

That brought his contract to an end at Burnley. He was released and quickly signed for his former team mate Joey Barton at Fleetwood on a two year deal, but he had his contract terminated in January this year to enable him to move to Blackpool until the end of the season after which he was released.

He’s 24 now, has started just 64 league games in his career to date and made a further 51 appearances as a substitute. Those games have brought him 21 goals with two thirds of those coming during his three loans out of Burnley.

His next move has now taken him to Scotland and to Motherwell where he’ll be able, if he wishes, to chat all things Burnley FC with their midfielder Liam Grimshaw who has been with them for the past two years after a previous successful loan spell.

Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson, who was Oldham manager for the first half of the 2016/17 season, said of signing Long: “We’ve been keen to add players in the forward positions and Chris will bring another element to our attack. He’s got pace to burn, has an incredible work rate and can play anywhere across the front three, which will give us plenty of variety going forward.”

Long himself was delighted to sign his one year deal, admitting: “I can’t wait to get started,” and adding: “I’ve seen a number of my ex-team mates and players I’ve come up against join the club in the past and become a success. I’m hoping to follow in their footsteps.”

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