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The end of the season is almost with us and that means retained lists at clubs and players finding themselves not being offered new deals and searching for a new home before next season; that’s the case with three former Clarets who are currently with Chelsea and Sheffield Wednesday.

gary cahill 200x200Gary Cahill was given a final farewell last weekend when he came on as a late substitute in their final home game against Watford. It was only his second appearance in the Premier League this season, the previous one coming when he replaced David Luiz with around twenty minutes remaining at West Ham back in September.

The now 33-year-old has made over 190 league appearances for Chelsea since joining them in January 2012 and became an established England player during that time until he called time on is international career.

He won’t be short of offers, of that I’m sure, and we are one of the clubs who have been linked with the player who, at just 18, made his debut first team appearance for us back in 2004 when he lined up alongside Michael Duff against Spurs in the League Cup.

david jones 200x200There can’t be a surprise to see David Jones on the released list. He hadn’t featured at all until they sacked Jos Luhukay in December but was immediately recalled to the squad by caretaker Lee Bullen. He came on as a sub against West Brom at the end of December but that’s been it since and he was one of a number of players released by new manager Steve Bruce yesterday.

Jones was at Burnley for three seasons, signing on a free transfer from Wigan in the summer of 2013 and playing an influential role in both promotions. He kicked off the 2016/17 season in the team but by the time we played Liverpool a week later he’d moved to Hillsborough with Steven Defour coming in at Turf Moor.

george boyd 200x200Perhaps a bigger surprise at Sheffield Wednesday is seeing George Boyd released. Boyd, who at 33 is a year younger than Jones, was also ignored by Luhukay but has been very much in favour since Bruce took over but he too will now be looking for a new club.

He joined Wednesday two seasons ago after three years at Burnley but has not been popular with the home fans who have not seen the best of him.

Cahill, Jones and Boyd won’t be the last three former Clarets to find themselves without a club this summer, of that I’m sure, but they are three who should have no problems finding themselves new homes.

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