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Midfielders Joe McKee and Dave Lynch, who played alongside each other in Burnley’s youth team and reserve teams, have both signed for new clubs this week, four years after leaving Turf Moor. McKee is on his way to Carlisle United with Lynch joining Altrincham.

McKee was signed by Owen Coyle for Burnley in 2009. He’d already made a league debut by then for Livingston in Scotland, but in three years at Turf Moor didn’t make the first team. He spent two years with the youth team and one with the reserves before he was released by Eddie Howe.

Joe McKee (left) and Dave Lynch

Joe McKee (left) and Dave Lynch

Coyle signed him again, taking him to Bolton in the summer of 2012 but the season ended with Coyle gone and McKee not involved at first team level, leading to a return to Scotland with Morton. He’s gone on to make 64 league appearances for them, scoring four goals, and being involved in their promotion to the Scottish Championship a year ago.

That has earned him a one year contract in League Two with Carlisle with manager Keith Curle saying: “He’s a player we’ve monitored for a couple of years now. He’s had a really good season in Scotland and that confirmed to us that he was a player we wanted to pursue.

“He doesn’t want to come here just to be a squad player. What we want this season, and it’s what we had last season, is real competition for places. He will provide something different and add a it of flair in a key area.

“Through the meetings we’ve had with him we’ve seen a real determination to succeed and there is a hunger there where we know he wants to be involved and playing for this football club. We’re looking forward to working with him and we’re pleased that we’ve got this one over the line.”

When McKee arrived at Burnley, Lynch had been at the club for a number of years in the centre of excellence and was just stepping up into the youth team as a scholar. As was the case with McKee, he was released at the end of the 2011/12 season and he moved into non-league football with Workington and then Clitheroe where he has been a very influential player.

Clitheroe boss Simon Garner (not the one we love to hate) has moved to Altrincham as coach but Lynch’s performances this season have also impressed new Altrincham manager Neil Young who was quick to get a deal done with a host of other clubs looking at him. Young said: “David is a hard working, tenacious midfielder who had an excellent season last season at Clitheroe. At 22, he fits the profile of what we are looking to do, and he is very keen to come in and do well.”

Meanwhile, Evan Galvin, who left Burnley just over a year ago, is on the lookout for a new club. Since leaving us he’s returned to Ireland where he has played for Waterford United and Cobh Ramblers who he has just left.

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