Long gone at Birmingham
Yesterday, we reported on news of former Clarets, some winning new deals at their clubs and others not. Today we add to that with two that were missed and another who was released by his club yesterday.
All three were together at Turf Moor for a season and a half, from January 2010 to the end of the 2010/11 season and there was some good news for one of them recently while two others found themselves released.
I would suggest it’s beyond good news for Kevin McDonald. Having left the game to undergo a kidney transplant, he returned during the 2021/22 season at Dundee United and then in January this year signed for Exeter where he’s played eleven games and scored three goals. Now 34, McDonald has been offered a new deal by the Grecians and is currently in negotiations with them.
It isn’t good news for fellow midfielder Chris McCann. Like McDonald, he signed a short term deal in League One back in January, his with Burton. He was quickly into the team but in his third game against Bristol Rovers, he was forced off with an injury and hasn’t played since. He’s been released by Burton.
Perhaps the biggest surprise came yesterday with news that Birmingham have released Kevin Long. After thirteen years at Burnley, Long signed for Birmingham early in January and has been a virtual ever present since, making twenty league and cup appearances and scoring twice.
Having played his last game for us on the final day of last season against Newcastle, he signed for Birmingham on a short term deal until the end of this season. It was thought that would be extended but yesterday he became one of six first team players released by manager John Eustace.Follow UpTheClarets:
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