Mixed fortunes for first Premier League Clarets
Brian Jensen played all 38 games in our first ever Premier League season in 2009/10 and this morning he’s landed himself another contract with Mansfield Town at 40 years of age. The news hasn’t quite been so good for three of his former team mates who have all been released.
Jensen, released by Crawley a year ago, joined Mansfield on a one year deal as understudy to first choice goalkeeper Scott Shearer. However, a infection cost Shearer his place and Jensen got his chance.
He went on to make 26 league appearances prior to Shearer regaining fitness and although the last of them was in January it has led to manager Adam Murray giving him another one year deal
It’s not good news for David Edgar although he won’t be surprised with his release at Birmingham after two years. He was signed by Lee Clark in the summer of 2014, a manager who knew him when they were both at Newcastle. However, Clark’s sacking signalled the end for Edgar at Birmingham.
He spent the second half of the 2014/15 season at Huddersfield and the entire 2015/16 at Sheffield United in loan deals and hasn’t featured for his parent club since January 2015. Edgar made 36 league appearances for the Blades last season, scoring twice. He was certainly a first choice for manager Nigel Adkins but he’s been sacked this morning leaving Edgar’s hopes of a return to Bramall Lane less certain.
Chris Eagles and Martin Paterson have both been released by Bury and Blackpool respectively but again neither come as a surprise. Bury boss David Flitcroft said recently that he would no longer consider Eagles who he had training with his youth team. He made just one start for Bury along with three substitute appearances.
It was similar for Paterson at fellow League One club Blackpool although he did get on the pitch more. He made a total of seventeen league appearances but all of them were as a substitute. He failed to score in any of them and the last goal scored by the now 28-year-old striker remains the one he netted for Bristol City against Colchester in March 2014.
There will be no club for Steven Thompson either but that’s of his own choosing. Thompson, who scored what he described as his best ever goal seven years ago today for Burnley at Reading, left the Clarets at the end of the 2010/11 season having been released by Eddie Howe.
He returned to Scotland to play for St. Mirren, the club he’s always supported, and in five years has scored 44 Scottish League goals for them in 154 appearances. He recently announced that, at the age of 37, he would retire at the end of this season.Share this page :