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1213 burnley joseph mills 00 300x500Joseph Mills, a Burnley signing in the summer of 2012, has returned to England after two years in Australia and signed for League Two club Forest Green Rovers.

Mills was signed on a season long loan from Reading in the summer of 2012 with the Clarets having guaranteed him a permanent deal at the end of that loan. He kicked off the season in the team, making his debut in the League Cup at Port Vale, but lost his place after a defeat at Leicester in September.

A change of manager at Burnley saw his chances all but evaporate and on signing he deal we immediately got him out on loan to Oldham and Shrewsbury for the 2013/14 season before he moved to Oldham permanently in the summer of 2014.

He spent two seasons at Boundary Park before moving to Australia. He’s been there for the past two seasons but has today returned to England and signed a two year deal with Forest Green.

Mills said: “Moving to Australia was always going to be a two year thing, from a kid I always wanted to test myself in a completely different environment. I had two great years but I’m coming back to start a new chapter here.”

Looking forward to playing for his new club, he added: “I got back and came in and spoke to the manager. He was very complimentary about the club and the direction it is going. Another thing is the style of play. he showed me some clips from last season and it’s a progressive style of play. They like to play out from the back and attack with intensity. That’s what I like to do and I thought the two mixed well.”

Mills started his career, as did his brother Matt, with Southampton and enjoyed loans with Doncaster and Scunthorpe before moving to Reading. His last appearance for Burnley came in the home win against Bristol City in April 2013 when he deputised for the suspended Ben Mee.

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