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1617-burnley-jimmy-dunne-01-400x500Young central defender Jimmy Dunne joined the Clarets from Manchester United in the summer of 2016 and one year on he signed a loan deal with Barrow until January where, to put it mildly, it’s been up and down for him.

In his short time at Holker Street he’s already played for three different managers. Paul Cox, the former Mansfield boss, was in charge when he first went there. Cox is now at Guiseley while Michael Moore, his Barrow replacement, was sacked within two months. That led to Ady Pennock, recently sacked at Gillingham, taking over at the end of October.

Dunne has made 13 league appearances in the National League but that would have been more had he not received two red cards which have led to him serving suspensions totalling seven games.

He’s now back in the side and was their man of the match in the 2-0 win at Eastleigh last Saturday. His performance included two outstanding goal line clearances and, not only that, he scored their second goal, his first ever in first team football, with a superb shot from just outside the box into the top corner.

Pennock was enthusing about him after the game but added a warning: “He can do that, Jimmy, but he won’t be doing it if he is sitting in the stands suspended,” Pennock said.

“He’s missed a lot of matches this season, he’s had two red cards already and he’s no good to us watching from a seat. But there’s no doubt he’s got the talent to do very well. He’s got to learn, he’s got to develop his game but we know what he’s capable of. it was a wonderful goal.”

His performance has won him a place in the National League’s team of the week.

Dunne, who celebrated his 20th birthday last month, is contracted to Burnley until the end of the season although the club have the option of extended that for a further year.

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