Ex-Clarets – some on the move and some not
We have news of six former Clarets, four of whom have signed for new clubs and two are staying where they are despite speculation that they might be leaving for pastures new.
We’ll start with the two who are staying, who have signed new contracts with their respective clubs before moving on to four who are on the move, three of them to Football League clubs and one making a return to a non-league club.
Erik Pieters is staying at West Brom having signed a new one-year deal. Having been released by us at the end of the 2021/22 season, he finally signed a deal with West Brom, then managed by Steve Bruce, making his debut for them in mid-September in a home defeat against Birmingham.
He went on to play 36 Championship games for them, mainly in the centre of defence, and was offered a new contract which he has finally signed this week. Pieters, who I thought did really well for us in his three years at the Turf, said: “I’m really pleased to extend my stay for another year.
“It’s really key to me that I have a good relationship with the manager. We spoke a lot last season, and I think the main thing is he values me as a player. I’ll play wherever he needs me, and I want to keep going until I can’t do it anymore. I love the game too much.”
Over at newly promoted Northampton, they have confirmed a new two-year deal for left-back Ali Koiki. Having opted to leave Burnley for Bristol Rovers in 2020, he moved again in the following summer and has made 64 league appearances for Northampton and has become a key player for them.
Linked with a number of other clubs, Koiki said: “I’m very happy to get this deal signed. It’s been a long time coming but I’m happy to get it over the line and hopefully we can kick on now for the new season. I’ve had some good game time here and I’m enjoying it. This will be my third season and I just want to keep playing as many games as I can.”
Time to move on now to two players who have swapped one league club for another, starting with another full back Ryan Cooney. He plays on the right hand side of defence and made his league debut for Bury prior to coming to Burnley four years ago. He twice went to Morecambe on loan before signing for them permanently and played over a hundred league games for them. Released at the end of last season, he’s moved to Crewe on a two-year deal.
Goalkeeper Aidan Stone has swapped Port Vale for Notts County ahead of their return to the Football League. The now 23-year-old Stone who we signed from Brocton, has now made over sixty league appearances for Mansfield and Port Vale and was in goal for Vale when they won their promotion play-off final at Wembley a year ago.
Like Cooney, he’s signed for two years with his new club confirming that he is a key signing because of his ability to play the ball with his feet. Stone said: “I’d definitely say tis is the most exciting move of my career so far. I’ve already collected a good number of appearances for my age and I now want to add more and more.”
Just a few weeks ago, 18-year-old Trevon Bryan was one of the young players released by Burnley but he’s moved quickly to land himself a place in Bolton’s B Team. Bryan said: “I learned a lot at Burnley and I am thankful for my time there. I learned a lot, I was challenged and I grew up as a person. Now I’m at Bolton, I want to continue to work hard and develop even further as a player and as a person.”
Finally, it’s a return to Welling United for Taofiq Olomowewe. He signed for them last summer but undisclosed circumstances saw him move on to Ramsgate.
Now back, the central defender said: “It feels good to be back. This is a level I feel I should be competing at, I’ve had some really good conversations with the manager and I’ve been really impressed.
“I definitely feel like I have something to prove. You always want to repay the faith that the manager and everyone at the club has shown in you to bring you back and just show and prove the quality that I know I possess to bring wins to the team.”Follow UpTheClarets:
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