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It’s eight years since Burnley splashed out a six figure fee on 16-year-old Joe McKee from Livingston who now, at 24, has settled back in Scotland having signed a two year deal with Falkirk.

1011 burnley joe mckee 00 300x400He’d made one substitute appearance for Livingston when he signed for the Clarets but he had a wait of over four years before he was to get a league start. In three years at Turf Moor he didn’t feature in the first team but did get two substitute appearances for St Mirren during a loan.

Released by Eddie Howe at the end of the 2011/12 season, he was snapped up by Owen Coyle, the manager who had brought him to Burnley, at Bolton where he spent a year before being released with Coyle by that time gone.

He spent the next three years with Morton where he made 64 league appearances in the Scottish Championship and League One but last summer opted for a move back to England with Carlisle. It wasn’t to be the best of season; he made just three league appearances for the Cumbrians with the only start coming at Accrington and right at the end of the transfer window he returned to Scotland with Falkirk.

He didn’t have as much impact as he would have liked unfortunately, suffering two injuries which restricted his game time. He made three league appearances and two more in the play-offs where he scored their second goal in the first leg.

However, he did enough to impress manager and has won himself a new two year deal at the club and his manager Peter Houston said: “Joe is a player that has impressed me greatly throughout his time here. He is a dynamic midfielder who has looked extremely strong both during matches and in training.

“He has had a tough time with unfortunate injuries throughout his six months at the club. I am convinced there is even more to come from him once he has a full pre-season under his belt.”

Having missed out on promotion in the season just ended, McKee will be hoping to play his part in getting Falkirk to the Scottish Premiership in a year’s time.

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