One ex-loan player stays – another moves
Two strikers who both scored one goal with the Clarets during short loan deals have signed new contracts in the last week with one of them opting to stay put at Blackpool with the other moving from MK to Northampton Town.
Earlier in the week, Nathan Delfouneso committed himself to a further year at newly promoted League One club Blackpool with an option for a further year. He returned to Bloomfield Road for a fourth time in January of this year on a loan deal from Swindon.
He enjoyed loans there in both the 2012/13 and 2013/14 seasons before signing for them permanently in the summer of 2014 but a year later he was snapped up by Blackburn for whom he scored one goal in the 2015/16 season.
After a loan at Bury, he signed for Swindon last summer before returning to Blackpool where he scored five times as they won promotion from League Two.
His loan at Burnley was his first away from Aston Villa, his first club. It couldn’t have got off to a better start when he scored the only goal of the game in just the fifth minute of a 1-0 win at Hull on his debut. But it was no success story and when he returned to Villa two months later it proved to be his only goal in a disappointing run of 11 games.
Six years earlier, 18-year-old Dean Bowditch arrived at Burnley on loan from Ipswich. He too scored once, the opener in a 3-1 win against Watford. He’d come to prominence in the previous season when he bagged a hat trick for Ipswich against the same opponents who lined up with a certain Sean Dyche at the centre of their defence.
It was thought a bright future was ahead of him at Ipswich, and there were suggestions he wasn’t happy at being pushed out to Burnley, but it was not to be for him at Portman Road and he went out on loan a further five times before signing for Yeovil in the summer of 2009. He scored 25 league goals in two years at Huish Park and that won him a move to MK where he’s been for the last six years.
However, he was released at the end of last season and yesterday put pen to paper on a two year contract at Northampton Town.Follow UpTheClarets:
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