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Recently we reported that ex-Clarets Gary Cahill, George Boyd and David Jones were leaving their clubs at the end of the season to add to the previous news of Marc Pugh’s time coming to an end at Bournemouth and Matt Taylor’s retirement after a long career in the game.

This week we take a look at a few more former Burnley players who will be moving on this summer whether that be by choice or design, and some who might be staying right where they are.

1516 burnley chris long 00 400x500No better place to start than on the Fylde where one player will be leaving his club while two more could potentially be staying. Firstly, Chris Long (pictured top) is on the lookout for another club. He left Burnley just a year ago and was quickly signed by Joey Barton at Fleetwood. However, his contract was terminated in January allowing him to make the short tram journey to Bloomfield Road and Blackpool.

He’d made just one league start for Fleetwood to add to seven sub appearances and hadn’t scored a goal. He did score twice for Blackpool in 17 appearances in League One, of which eight were starts, but Terry McPhillips didn’t offer him a new deal and at 24 he’s on the search for a new club.

That’s not the case with Nathan Delfouneso who has found a home on the Golden Mile. He enjoyed two loans with Blackpool from Aston Villa, then spent a season there permanently in 2014/15. He’s been back at Bloomfield Road for the last two years and has been offered a new deal with the club.

Down the tram tracks at Fleetwood, Ross Wallace is out of contract after joining them right at the end of last summer’s transfer window. The 33-year-old is fast approaching 350 league appearances in English football and Joey Barton has offered him a new deal.

Another striker on the lookout for a new club is Dean Bowditch who has been released after one year at Northampton. It’s incredible to think that it’s now over 14 years and a number of clubs since he last played for us on loan from Ipswich. He signed for Northampton last summer but moved to Stevenage on loan for the second half of the season. It’s unlikely Stevenage will be interested given he couldn’t break into the team on anything like a regular basis. He did score twice but only one of his five appearances was a start.

It’s sweet and sour for a group of former Burnley full backs. Brian Easton has spent a lot of time this season out injured and only returned for St. Johnstone’s final game of the season against his former club Hamilton. This was his first action in the first team since December 2017. He’s out of contract at St. Johnstone after six years with the club but is expected to move to his first club Hamilton for whom he made a league debut almost thirteen years ago.

It’s not quite so good for three others. Tyrone Mears has been released by West Brom after nine league appearances this season. The now 36-year-old had been playing in America and hadn’t played any English football since leaving Bolton in 2014. West Brom are moving into a serious cost cutting period according to today’s reports and a move back to America might suit Mears.

Luke O’Neill (pictured bottom) has said goodbye to Gillingham after two years at Priestfield Stadium. Gillingham only confirmed this news today with O’Neill being one of nine players to go, but the player himself tweeted last Wednesday that he would be leaving.

Danny Lafferty has been released by Sheffield United following their promotion to the Premier League. He was a regular in the team that won promotion to the Championship two years ago but has hardly featured since that promotion with only one start and eight substitute appearances. His only appearance last season was as a sub in their 4-1 home win against Aston Villa last September. That led to a loan move to Peterborough in January and he’s already clocked up 18 appearances for them and they could be set to offer him a deal.

Finally, on to two central defenders. David Edgar has left National League Hartlepool after a short term deal and Alex Whitmore had a good season at Grimsby after joining them last summer from Chesterfield, but he was one of the players released by Michael Jolley. Whitmore had played in 31 of their league games this season.

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