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1516 burnley michael kightly 00 630x420Michael Kightly has almost certainly played his last game for Burnley having moved yesterday to Burton Albion in a loan deal that will take him to the end of his contract at Turf Moor.

The move is a good one in that Kights needs to go and play some football. He’s been just a bit part player with us this season and has made just one league start in the 2-1 home win against Everton while more recently he’s featured in all of our three FA Cup games including a start in the replay win against Sunderland.

He’s been with us since the end of August 2013 when he signed on a season long loan deal from Stoke and became one of a small number of players to make his Burnley debut in an East Lancs derby against Blackburn Rovers.

He was pretty much a regular in the team that season and scored six times. His first, a home winner against Barnsley, was a good strike but the one goal Burnley fans will probably most remember was his Good Friday winner at Blackpool that all but saw us through to promotion.

Three days later he scored the nerve calming second against Wigan (which he’s seen celebrating) on the day promotion was clinched and at the end of that season he signed a three year deal with us for a fee that would now look like chicken feed, an apt figure given his debut, compared to the money we’ve spent since.

He’s never been able to win a regular place in the side since although he played in not far short of half of our Premier League games two seasons ago, having some outstanding games,  none more so than on that night at Old Trafford when our performance really did warrant a win.

Despite often having a watching brief, he’s certainly continued to be an enthusiastic member of the squad. Although not featuring himself, he’s usually the first of the unused subs to rush onto the pitch to congratulate the players after a win, usually with a wide grin on his face.

In so many ways I’m disappointed to see him go. He’s been a part of what we’ve achieved in the last few years and those I watch the Clarets with will tell you I’ve always been a fan of the player who I am always quick to tell people will get you up the pitch.

But we move on. I was disappointed when David Jones left in August having been such an influential part of our team for three years but this time it is less so given that Kights really does need to start playing first team football again.

He’ll be joining former Burnley team mate Lloyd Dyer at Burton and I hope Kights can have a big influence there and help them secure safety in the Championship.

He’s still officially a Burnley player but he’s now getting himself back in the shop window at least because I think there’ll be a queue of clubs trying to sign him when, in all likelihood, he leaves us at the end of the season.

Kightly said yesterday: “Every footballer wants to play games and I’m no different. Burnley have been on a great run and doing well so I’ve not had many opportunities.

“Hopefully I can come to Burton and show people at Burton what I can do, I’m looking forward to that. Playing football is what I want to do. I’m looking forward to knuckling down and working hard and trying to get into the Burton team.”

I wish Michael Kightly all the very best at Burton.

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