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Former Burnley striker Wes Fletcher joined Chorley yesterday as the National League North club announced the signing of three new players.

1213 burnley wes fletcher 00 300x500Fletcher signed along with Louis Almond and Courtney Meppen-Walter who moved from York City and Glossop North End respectively with Fletcher ending two seasons with The New Saints in the Welsh Premier League.

Now 27, he’s had a varied career but this will be Fletcher’s first experienced of non-league football. He enjoyed loan spells at lower league clubs whilst with Burnley before moving to York on his release five years ago. He spent two years there before experiencing league football in Scotland and Wales with Motherwell and The New Saints.

Fletcher was part of Burnley’s successful 2008/09 youth team and went on to make two League Cup appearances for the Clarets, both as a substitute for Jay Rodriguez. The first of those was at Morecambe in August 2010 and the second came two years later at Turf Moor in a 6-3 win against Burton in which Jay Rod had scored four times. He also, to my great delight, scored a late winner in the Barclays Premier Reserve League away game against Blackburn in 2010.

He joins a Chorley team managed by Matt Jansen for whom another former Claret Stephen Jordan plays and a team who ended last season in sixth place in National League North, reaching the play-offs where they beat Stockport before going out to eventual winners Harrogate Town for whom another former Claret Dominic Knowles scored both goals in a 2-1 win.

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