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1213 burnley chris mccann 00 300x300Chris McCann recently played against Burnley for Oldham Athletic in a behind closed doors game at Gawthorpe. He was on trial having returned home from the United States and today he’s signed a short term deal with the League Two club.

McCann joined the Clarets as a scholar in the summer of 2004 and just over a year later he was making his debut as a substitute in a 4-0 home win against Coventry. He quickly established himself in the first team over the next eight years, although he virtually lost two of those season through injury, and made just short of 270 first team appearances for us and scored over thirty goals.

My two strongest memories of Chris are his performance against Everton in the Premier League just three games away from him suffering his serious knee injury. He was simply outstanding that day and it was probably his finest game in a Burnley shirt.

Then there was his return from injury at Derby towards the end of the 2010/11 season when he scored a sensational goal in a 4-2 win before being mobbed by all his team mates.  It completed the scoring and prompted Derby to quickly introduce a young Irishman for his debut as a substitute as Jeff Hendrick came on to replace Robbie Savage.

Chris is available for the Latics tomorrow and their manager Dino Maamria, who would have known McCann during his time at Burnley, said: “Chris has been training with us for a few weeks now and has impressed in every department. His experience in the game can only help us moving forwards as a team and I’m delighted we’ve been able to bring him in to boost my options.”

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