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It’s January and players who have been out on loan are returning to Burnley ahead of the second half of the season. Some will have done well, others not quite so well, but Jimmy Dunne has left National League Barrow with praise ringing in his ears.

Irishman Dunne, signed from Manchester United in the summer of 2016. He was part of the under-23 squad last season but was one of the players to go out on loan during last summer. His destination was Barrow and from day one there has been nothing but praise coming out from that club of his contributions.

It’s not all been plain sailing, the now 20-year-old has been sent off twice during the first half of the season which has cost him seven games through suspensions, but he’s played in all their other games under three different managers.

1617 burnley jimmy dunne 00 500x500Over three weeks ago Barrow revealed they were trying to extend the loan. This came after two successive man of the match performances of which current boss Ady Pennock telling the North West Main: “He was fantastic. Again it was a good learning curve for him and I thought he played very well.”

Pennock added: “We’ve already spoken to Burnley. They’ve got to see what career he’s going to have at Burnley. They have a management meeting in the new year, and we will go from there.

“I want him to do unbelievably well. I want him to do very well for us and push on up. He has been great. He’s an old fashioned centre-half and he will make a fortune in the game if he carries on the way he is, because it’s all tippy-tappy Charlies around centre-halves at the moment.”

Burnley confirmed yesterday that Dunne had returned but, just 24 hours ago, Barrow were still hopeful. Managing director Andrew Casson said: “They’re (Burnley) going to take their time to make sure they know what they want to do with him.

“We would be looking to do a loan until the end of the season if we can. Burnley have said that there is a League Two team interested in him, but they would want to make sure, if they send him somewhere else, he is definitely going to get playing time. What we have demonstrated is that he is going to get that here.”

That’s all changed today. Whatever is the next move for Dunne, he won’t be returning to Barrow who have confirmed the news in a statement today, part of it which reads: “Everyone at the club thanks him for all his efforts in a Barrow shirt, showing passion for the club and fans that was far beyond what might be expected of a player on loan at a club.

“There is no doubt that Jimmy has a bright future ahead of him, and we all wish him well for his future career.”

Dunne, who could well be on his way to a League Two club this month on loan, has responded to Barrow via Twitter.



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