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Central defender Bobby Thomas has left Burnley and signed for last season’s play-off losing finalists Coventry City for an undisclosed fee reported to be in the region of £2 million.

Thomas, now 22, has been at Burnley for six years, joining as a scholar having previously been with both Everton and Crewe, going on to become our young player of the year in his second season at Turf Moor although there was a time when a loan to Kendal seemed to suggest his time at Burnley might be over.

He came back and stepped into the then under-23 team and never really looked back and found himself very much a part of the first team squad. He made his debut at Millwall in the League Cup back in September 2020, partnering Jimmy Dunne at the back. He had an outstanding game as we kept a clean sheet to win 2-0, winning praise from manager Sean Dyche.

He had a wait for his first league appearance and when it came it was in League Two for Barrow in January 2021 having joined them on loan for the remainder of the season. He did well with Barrow, making 21 appearances and scoring once in a 2-0 win at Forest Green.

Back at Burnley for the 2021/22 season, there was no step up to the first team with James Tarkowski and Ben Mee still holding down the central defensive positions and with new signing Nathan Collins and Kevin Long ahead of him.

That restricted him to under-23 football throughout that season but he stepped things up well last season. He spent the first half of the season in League One with Bristol Rovers and remained in that league for the second half of the season, swapping Joey Barton for Michael Duff and moving to Barnsley. The season saw him play over fifty games for those two clubs, netting six goals too.

It was thought that Barnsley had an agreement to buy him should they have won promotion but they conceded that goal to Sheffield Wednesday in the dying seconds of the play-off final at Wembley and then he returned to Burnley.

Having been involved with us thus far in pre-season, both he and Luke McNally, who also ended last season on play-off duty at Wembley, were linked with a permanent move to Coventry where McNally had impressed last season.

Today it’s Thomas who has made the move there with that game at Millwall approaching three years ago his only appearance for Burnley.

We wish him well at Coventry.

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