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MICHAEL KIGHTLY
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UPDATED 03:22 3rd August 2015

Burnley swooped ahead of the 2013 summer transfer deadline to sign former England U21 winger Michael Kightly on loan from Stoke City.

The former Wolverhampton Wanderers wide man, 27, joined the Clarets in a season-long loan that re-united him with Clarets boss Sean Dyche.

And in June 2014, following promotion to the Premier League, Dyche brought the winger to Turf Moor permanently on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Kightly had previously spent three months on loan at Dyche’s Watford in late 2011, scoring three times in twelve appearances for the Hornets.

The Basildon-born winger started his professional career at Southend United in 2003, before dropping out of the Football League to join Grays Athletic two years later.

However, his goalscoring exploits soon caught the eye of Wolves and he joined the Molineux side in January 2007, soon signing a four-year extension and deservedly earning an England U21 debut in August 2007.

Despite several injuries curtailing his Wolves career, he played a crucial role in Mick McCarthy’s side winning promotion to the Premier League in 2009.

And following his return from a loan spell at Watford two years later he enjoyed a purple patch, scoring three times towards the end of the 2011/12 season as Wanderers slipped out of the Premier League.

In the summer of 2012, Kightly rejected a contract extension at Molineux and returned to the top-flight with Stoke City, where he scored on his debut at Reading and went on to make 26 appearances for the Potters in the 2012/13 season.

During the 2013-14 season, he made 38 appearances and contributed five goals, including key strikes against Blackpool and Wigan Athletic as the Clarets' secured their return to the top flight following a four-year absence.

He was a regular in the squad during the ensuing Premier League season, scoring once in the draw at Leicester City early in the campaign.

In the Championship-winning season, Kightly proved a valuable squad member once more as he made 21 appearances in all competitions and contributing two assists.

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