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Last week we brought news of some former Burnley players who had either been released by their clubs or who had won new contracts and this week we can add some more to that list.

We’ve found that another three of our former players have been released by their clubs with just one of them having played first team football at Burnley and that’s George Boyd who joined Salford City in November last year.

Boyd’s career started at Peterborough and looked to have ended there when he was released last summer, but he joined Salford only to find his opportunities limited. He made just two league starts for them, adding a further nine from the bench.

Having moved from non-league Stevenage Borough to Peterborough in January 2007, he’s gone on to make exactly 500 Premier and Football League appearances in which he’s scored 86 goals. The first of those 500 was in a 3-1 defeat for Peterborough at Darlington on the same day as Micah Hyde made his Peterborough debut having moved from Burnley.

Boyd has been joined by two former youth team players who have both been released by Football League clubs having left Burnley two years ago. Michael Fowler was snapped up by Joey Barton at Fleetwood in March 2019 having not been offered an extension to his two year scholarship at Burnley.

Fowler has spent time out on loan but didn’t make the first team at Fleetwood but that was not the case with Richard Taylor who signed for Southend two years ago having, like Fowler, not had his scholarship extended. Aged 20, as is Fowler, he made 19 appearances for Southend but didn’t feature after January and went on to spend the remainder of the season out on loan with Barnet in the National League.

There is some better news for three others. Luke Hendrie, who has, like Taylor, suffered relegation out of the league with Grimsby, has made 38 league appearances this season which has taken his total for Grimsby into three figures. He’s out of contract but has been offered a new deal.

A new deal could be on the way for former goalkeeper Matt Gilks at Bolton. When he signed for them in the summer his role was expected to be more that of a goalkeeping coach but he’s made 35 league appearances for them and is in talks over a new deal.

Alex MacDonald has gone one better than that at Gillingham and has already signed a new one year contract. Alex joined the Gills from Mansfield last summer and has made 37 league appearances for them. Now aged 31, he’s played 360 career league games to date, the first of them coming for the Clarets when he replaced Wade Elliott in a 3-3 draw against Cardiff at the end of the 2007/08 season.

Congratulations to him and our best wishes to the those who might or might not be looking for new clubs.

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