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Shane Duffy, who played once for Burnley against Ipswich Town while on loan from Everton, has left Fulham and signed a three-year contract with Championship club Norwich City.

It’s over twelve years since that one appearance for the Clarets. He arrived on loan from Everton and went straight into the home game against Ipswich when he partnered Andre Bikey at the back. We lost 2-1; Duffy didn’t play again in Eddie Howe’s team. Michael Duff replaced him for the next game at Leicester which ended in a 4-0 defeat.

That was Duffy’s introduction to league football. Prior to that, he’d played in two Europa League games for Everton in the previous season. Further loans at Scunthorpe and Yeovil followed and he lined up for Yeovil on the day we beat them at Huish Park in January 2014.

The following summer saw him make a permanent move to Blackburn. He was there for just over two years and left with some dramatic performances early in a season that saw our local rivals managed by Owen Coyle on their march to League One. In his final two games for them, Duffy scoed three times, all of them own goals, and got himself two yellow and one red card.

By the time the summer window closed he moved to Brighton who he finally left at the beginning of this calendar year. Surplus to requirements under their last two managers, he spent the entire 2021/22 season on loan at Celtic and last summer moved to Fulham on a season long loan.

By January, Fulham were keen to get the loan terminated. He’d made just three substitute appearances in the Premier League and no longer required. Brighton didn’t recall him and so Fulham, who needed the loan slot to bring in Cedric Soares from Arsenal, were forced to make his move to Craven Cottage a permanent one to allow the Soares loan signing.

He made one more appearance, coming on as a 77th minute substitute against Leicester. Fulham won 5-3 but they led 5-1 at the time he came on.

Yesterday, he left Fulham and signed for Norwich on a three-year deal from 1st July. As was the case at Blackburn, he is expected to partner Grant Hanley in defence.


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