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About A Boyd!

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11:24 1st September 2014

Burnley Football Club is delighted to confirm the signing of former Hull City midfielder George Boyd for an undisclosed fee.


The 28-year-old Scotland international, who has signed a three-year deal at Turf Moor, started his footballing education with Charlton Athletic in 2000 aged 15, before joining Stevenage Borough in 2001.


Boyd made his debut at The Lamex Stadium at 17 in the 2002/03 season and went on to make 126 appearances for the club, scoring 31 goals before joining Peterborough United in 2007.


At London Road, Boyd’s career took off and the winger’s attacking flair proved pivotal to the clubs back-to-back promotions to the Championship.


Named in the PFA Team of the Year in 2007/08 and 2008/09, his is impressive form continued in the second tier, and after ending his spell at Posh with 297 appearances and 75 goals, Boyd joined Hull City midway through their promotion campaign in 2012/13 on a loan deal with a view to a permanent move.


And after scoringfour goals in 13 appearances to help them finish as runners-up in the Championship, as well as bagging the Championship Player of the Month award, he made the permanent switch in May 2013.


The Kent-born attacking midfielder featured 29 times in the Premier League for Steve Bruce’s side, scoring two goals in the 2013-14 campaign as well as coming off the bench in the 2014 FA Cup final against Arsenal.


Speaking of Boyd’s departure from the KC Stadium to Turf Moor, Hull boss Steve Bruce commented “I've been in the game a long time and if all professional footballers were like George Boyd my job would be easy.”


And Clarets boss Sean Dyche is delighted to have added a player that both he and his staff have admired for a long time to his ranks.


Dyche said: "George is a player my staff and I have admired for a long time. The reason for the lateness of this is purely because we didn’t think he was available.


"Everyone will have seen Steve’s comments about him as a person and although it’s not a pre-requisite, we like that professionalism from our player.


"There is certainly no lack of physicality from him and we know the distances he covers and how he looks after himself, but also the quality.


"We think we are getting a player whose record down the years shows he can score and create goals. We have gone up a level and that’s harder to do, so we need the players who can do that.


"People will have seen him left, right, as a number 10 and playing out of three in midfield. We want and need that flexibility.


"He has played at every level form Conference up and he has earned his spurs.


"That’s important because it shows that his mentality is solid and he knows the business he is in and is prepared to give everything to be a success and I like those types."


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