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1213 burnley martin paterson 00 300x400Martin Paterson, who spent five years with Burnley between 2008 and 2013, has returned home to the Potteries today with Port Vale, signing a contract with the League One club having previously been training with them.

Paterson was Owen Coyle’s first permanent signing as Burnley manager in June 2008 and he scored 12 league goals in the promotion season plus the crucial first at Reading in the play-off semi-final.

But his time at Turf Moor was blighted with injuries although he had got himself fit by the time he chose to leave in the summer of 2013, turning down a new contract offer to sign for Huddersfield.

The last three years have been difficult ones. Since scoring in his last game for Burnley against Ipswich, he’s scored only six more goals and two of those came in Huddersfield’s 3-2 defeat at Burnley in January 2014.

He scored five times for Huddersfield and once on loan for Bristol City. He also went to Fleetwood on loan before signing for Orlando City, then under the management of Adrian Heath. Last season he was with Blackpool. He made 17 league appearances but all of them were from the bench and he failed to find the net.

Now, aged 29, he’s been given an opportunity in League One, back home with Port Vale when I’m sure we all hope he can get himself fully fit and again pick up his career.

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