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Jimmy Dunne was recalled from his loan at Hearts on Monday, played in our under-23s that afternoon against Sheffield Wednesday and is now on his travels again with a loan to Sunderland for the remainder of the season having been confirmed.

1819 burnley jimmy dunne 00 500x500Dunne, signed from Manchester United in the summer of 2016, is building up a nice portfolio of loan clubs that are helping him establish himself as a first team footballer. He explained earlier this week: “I jus need to keep trying to find a way to get to the highest level possible. I have had a couple of loans where I am progressively moving up the levels slowly but surely. I need to keep doing that and if it is not going to happen here then I need to go elsewhere and get the games in again.”

When Michael Keane first came to Burnley on loan they had a central defender crisis at Manchester United when, at the time, he might have had more game time there than he did at Burnley. Dunne was playing regularly for Hearts this season, until an injury brought that to an end in November, but with both James Tarkowski and Ben Gibson both ruled out here at one time it might have pushed him closer to our first team.

But, they are both fit now and along with Kevin Long and Ben Mee we have four central defenders which will allow Dunne to experience League One for the first time and at the top end as Sunderland go for promotion.

His first loan was to Barrow in August 2017. The National League club were keen to retain his services for the second half of last season but he was recalled to go to Accrington where he played a major role in their promotion.

He always comes back with glowing reports. Accrington wanted to take him back this season but instead he went to Hearts where he made a big name for himself, none more so than for his performance in the Edinburgh derby against Hibs.

But now it’s Sunderland as they look to get back into the Championship. It might be too late for him to appear in the Netflix documentary but if he performs as he’s done for his previous three loan clubs he can be a big hit too on Wearside.

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