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Burnley have confirmed that Lloyd Dyer, Matt Gilks and Matt Taylor will all be leaving the club at the end of their contracts while both Joey Barton and Paul Robinson have been offered new deals.

The club have also given confirmation that Michael Duff will not be offered a new deal but that is just rubber stamping the news from a couple of weeks ago that he is to retire as a player and become a coach within the academy which has now also been confirmed as working with the youth team.

Matt Taylor is one of three players released

Matt Taylor is one of three players released

We haven’t seen too much of two of those players released. Gilks, in two years at Burnley, hasn’t featured in a league game and has made just two League Cup appearances against Sheffield Wednesday and Port Vale. He has been strongly linked with Hearts. Dyer arrived in mid-February and made three substitute appearances and certainly made an impact on his debut at Birmingham which included playing a part in the winning goal.

Taylor has been with us for two years and was a regular starter both at the beginning and end of last season, although he missed much of the season having had surgery on an achilles injury. Although he will be remembered for that penalty against Leicester, I always felt that our chances of staying up would have been very much improved with a fit Taylor.

This season saw him used mainly as a substitute. He started just the one game at Nottingham Forest where he scored the late equaliser. It was one of four goals he scored and that also included a late equaliser against Birmingham with a superb free kick and a crucial second in the 3-1 win against Sheffield Wednesday.

Besides that, he’s played a crucial role in a number of more recent games and that certainly includes the two big draws at Brighton and against Middlesbrough when his delivery from set pieces led to those important equalising goals.

Sean Dyche said on confirming the news: “There are always tough decisions to make at the end of every season, but in football you have to keep moving forwards, and on behalf of everyone at the football club, I would like to thank the players leaving us for all their efforts and professionalism.

“We wish them well in their careers elsewhere and we look forward to working again with those who will remain at Turf Moor.”

Up the Clarets would also like to wish them well and they can leave knowing that they have again helped Burnley to win promotion into the Premier League.

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