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1516 burnley kevin long 00 630x420Kevin Long has today, on the emergency loan deadline day, joined Championship club Milton Keynes on loan for the remainder of the season.

Long returned to fitness this season and was included as a substitute at Wolves in November before a couple of loan moves to Barnsley between November and February where he spent the maximum permitted 93 days for emergency loans. Whilst there he played 13 times, scoring two goals.

On his return, he was back on our bench during Michael Keane’s recent absence for the two games against Nottingham Forest and Bolton.

Manager Karl Robinson said today: ““We saw him play for Barnsley this season and he was exceptional in the games that we watched.

“Kevin ticks a number of boxes for us – he’s a wonderful size and he’s good on the ball. I told him he’s got to come here and fight for his place. He could have gone to three other sides where he would have been guaranteed a start but he said he wants to come here and fight for a place. “He wants to come here for the right reasons. It’s key that we bring in players with the right mentality, given our position.

“I want to thank Sean Dyche for allowing us to have Kevin. Sean raved about his mentality.”

He concluded: “He’ll strengthen the defence. Kyle (McFadzean) is suspended for three games and is one booking away from another three-match ban, while Joe Walsh and Matty Upson are coming back from injury. It’s a position we didn’t want to leave ourselves short in going into these final games.”

Besides his time at Barnsley earlier this season, Long has also enjoyed loans with Accrington, on three occasions, Rochdale and Portsmouth prior to his injury.

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