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Back in May, Burnley released three first team players at the end of their contracts. That trio included Jon Walters who was retiring, along with Steven Ward and goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard.

1718 burnley anders lindegaard 02 500x500Ward has since signed for Stoke and yesterday Lindegaard joined Swedish club Helsingborg on a two year deal having left us with just two first team appearances.

Those appearances were memorable ones too, our first games in Europe since 1967. He made his Burnley debut in difficult circumstances in the 1-1 draw at Aberdeen, coming on for Nick Pope who had suffered a serious shoulder injury, and he kept his place, getting his first and only Burnley start, in the second leg at home a week later.

It was a similar shoulder injury that saw him come to Burnley initially. Signed during the 2017/18 season, he arrived to take his place on the bench after Pope had replaced the injured Tom Heaton in the team. He signed a deal until the end of the 2017/18 season but then committed to us for a further year with a new one year contract.

But there were to be no appearances after the Aberdeen game although he would have started the next game in Istanbul but for a minor injury, one that brought a debut for Joe Hart.

Lindegaard, who had played previously in England for Manchester United and Preston, will join a Helsingborg club managed by Henrik Larsson who himself spent a short time at Old Trafford on loan back in 2007.

The Danish international will now play in Sweden for the next two seasons and he said: “It feels very good. I know the fans are fantastic, that the arena is nice and that Helsingborg breathes football. With what I want and what the club wants, it feels like a perfect match. I know how important culture is in football.

“It’s not just about skills and how far you can run, it’s about a culture where you want to play for each other, for the club and for wanting to perform. I look forward to getting started with training and matches.”

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