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Two players who were at Burnley last season have signed for new clubs in recent days, one moving to Galatasary in Turkey and the other to League Two club Doncaster Rovers.

Moving to Galatasary is striker Halil Dervişoğlu who spent last season with us on loan from Brentford and his new club won’t be unfamiliar to him having enjoyed two loan spells with them.

The Dutch born Turkish international moved to Brentford in January 2020 from Sparta Rotterdam but he was never to start a league game for the London club. During his time there he went out on loan to FC Twente, twice to Galatasaray and then last season to Burnley where he also failed to start a game.

His only starts in English football came for Brentford in the two cup competitions; for Burnley he made eight substitute appearances in the league and one more in the FA Cup against Fleetwood. His only goal in English football came for the Clarets which was the late, late winner against Rotherham back in early November last year.

Still just 23, Brentford director of football Phil Giles said on breaking the news of his transfer: “I’m sure that Halil will be disappointed that he leaves us having not played for Brentford anywhere near as much as he would have wanted. However, he has spent some time at Galatasary already, is a Turkish international, and now has the chance to kick on with his career at a very big club.”

In January this year, we brought in Deji Sotona to our under-21 squad but his start in claret and blue wasn’t as planned. He came on as a substitute against Wigan and was yellow carded after just three minutes on the pitch, and he was very fortunate it was only a yellow. He didn’t see the game out; six minutes from time he received a second yellow which was followed by the red card.

He played a number of games but was one of the players released at the end of last season. We reported last week that he was on trial at Doncaster. It was a success and has led to him signing a two-year contract with them.

Sotona, who we had signed from Nice, said on completing the deal: “I can’t wait to get started. I want to get my career going and I want to prove myself back in England and I think this is the club where I can do that.”

Grant McCann, the Doncaster manager, was delighted. “Deji is going to be a good player for us I feel,” he said. He has real pace, he’s very direct and he wants to get at people. At twenty years of age he’s got a lot of developing to do and a lot of learning to do but we feel as if we can help him with that, and, he will help the team. He’s a really exciting player.”

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