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I’m not sure Marlon Beresford will have been able to unpack his suitcases during 2017. Occasionally a co-commentator for Radio Lancs on Burnley games, he kicked off 2017 with a return to former club Barnet as goalkeeping coach before moving north to Scotland and Motherwell only two months later.

profile marlon beresfordHis move to Motherwell was to work with former Luton team mate Stephen Robinson who himself had started last season in England as manager at Oldham. However, Robinson was left searching for a replacement last weekend when Beresford opted to leave for an opportunity in the Middle East.

Announcing the appointment of new goalkeeping coach Craig Hinchcliffe, Robinson said: “The timing wasn’t great and it was imperative our pre-season plans were not interrupted in any way, which is why we’ve brought Craig in.”

He added: “Marlon was great around the club and we didn’t want him to go, but the opportunity he has is quite literally life-changing, so he moves on with our best wishes for the future.”

That life changing opportunity, Beresford himself has confirmed, is taking him to Saudi Arabia to join Al Shabab Club in Riyadh. There’s a Luton link there too; the head of football is his former Luton boss Mike Newell.

Beresford, in effect, had three spells at Burnley. Signed by Jimmy Mullen from Sheffield Wednesday just after the start of the 1992/93 season, he stayed at Turf Moor until making a surprise move to Middlesbrough in March 1998. Stan Ternent brought him back from Middlesbrough on loan for the injured Nik Michopoulos in January 2002 and in the following season he joined us on a permanent basis with a series of short term monthly contracts.

In total, he made over 350 league and cup appearances for the Clarets and was in our first ever Wembley winning team in 1994 which beat Stockport in the Division Two play-off final.

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