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The last week has seen two former Burnley players transferred in non-league football, one who was in the development squad until 2012 and the other who left the club at the end of his scholarship last year.

Dave Lynch & Jamal Crawford

Dave Lynch & Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford was one of seven scholars released by the Clarets at the end of the 2015/16 season. Last season he was playing his football in North Wales for Llandudno but last summer he joined Moston United, a club that was set up in a partnership between Moston Juniors and FC United of Manchester to give young players from both clubs a route into first team football.

The 19-year-old Crawford has impressed and has now been transferred into FC United’s squad. He’s having to wait to make his debut, however. Having played for Llandudno last season, FC are now having to wait for his international clearance to come through.

Joe McKee has been in the news this week for all the wrong reasons. He is expecting to be dealt with severely by the Scottish FA after incidents while playing for Falkirk against Dunfermline. He, and his team mate Kevin O’Hara, have been charged with excessive misconduct after abusing opponent Dean Shiels who was forced to have an eye removed. O’Hara has already been punished with an eight match ban.

But there is better news for McKee’s former Burnley team mate Dave Lynch. Both were in the youth team from 2009 to 2011 with both getting one year professional deals before being released at the end of the 2011/12 season.

After an ill fated move to Altrincham, Dave moved to FC Halifax last season and was a regular in the team that gained promotion to the National League. He’s made 13 appearances this season but last week moved back to National League North, joining Southport on an 18-month deal.

Manager at Southport now is former Bolton forward Kevin Davies. He said: “It’s a big signing for us. He’s from the league above, he’s had success at this level. He’s exactly the type of character that I want in the team.

“He brings energy and enthusiasm. We know he will help players in and around him. He’s a massive influence so I think it’s a huge signing for the club. It’s an exciting time to be here and we’re very pleased to have him.”

Lynch is expected to make his debut today at Curzon Ashton and could play alongside another former Burnley development squad player in Nathan Lowe, who signed for them recently from FC United, and Bradley Jackson who is currently on loan from the Clarets.

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