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Burnley FC Player Profiles

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UPDATED 05:56 1st August 2015

Ben joined the Clarets on a season-long loan from big-spending Manchester City in July, 2011 and made the move permanent by agreeing a three-and-a-half-year deal in January, 2012.

The Sale-born defender previously came through the youth ranks at City, captaining their 2008 FA Youth Cup winning squad before making his senior debut for the club in a Carling Cup tie at the start of the 2010/11 season.

The versatile defender had previously spent a spell on loan at Leicester City, but rather than return to the Foxes became then manager Eddie Howe's first close-season signing.

Starting in a central defensive position the former England under-21 international also operated as a left-back in his first season with the Clarets, racking up 35 appearances in his first season at Turf Moor and forging a reputation as a fearless operator - epitomised by his legendary head-in-the-way block at Reading in February, 2012.

Ben's consistent form was rewarded with a new three-year deal, signed in the summer of 2014 following promotion to the Premier League.

And further eye-catching performances the following season against top quality opposition left Ben with plenty of experience to call upon as the Clarets look for a quick return to the top flight.

Mee started the 15/16 campaign at left back, before moving to centre back following the introduction of Stephen Ward to left back.

Mee produced performances at the highest quality alongside Michael Keane, and played an integral part of a defence that remained unbeaten for 23 league games.

The former Manchester City defender was an ever present in the title winning season, and was crowned the Player’s Player of the Season.