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Danny Lafferty, who has been with Sheffield United on loan since August, has today made his move a permanent one with his contract at Turf Moor due to run only until the end of this season.

1516 burnley danny lafferty 00 630x420Lafferty, who has signed a two and a half year deal with the Blades, has been with Burnley for five years since signing from Derry City in January 2012 and was brought in to provide competition for Brian Easton who, at the time, was the regular left back in the team.

He made his debut in a 0-0 draw at Cardiff in March and played five games that season with the hope of becoming first choice with Easton released that summer. It didn’t quite work out that way. We signed Joseph Mills and when he was considered below the level required, Ben Mee was moved from the centre of defence.

He played occasionally during the next two seasons but he hasn’t started a league game for Burnley since January 2014 when he was in the side that drew 1-1 at home against Sheffield Wednesday. His only league action since was as a substitute in a 1-0 win, this one against Southampton in December of the same year, his only appearance in the Premier League.

That led to him going on in a series of loans. He played 11 times for Rotherham in the last two months of the 2014/15 season and last season enjoyed two different loans at Oldham which saw him play 15 times.

This season he made the move to Sheffield United and his appearance in their 4-2 win at Southend last Saturday, when he was forced off with an injury just after half time, was his 22nd game this season for them. This deal has been in the offing for a while and he could soon be back playing in the Championship with Sheffield United currently top of League One.

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder said: “He just gets on with it and ends up playing 35-40 games per season, they are the type of players you want. Train well, you know what you’re getting, and there’s no spike in their performances.

“Danny has great experience and played at a proper club with a proper manager in Sean.”

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