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Jones Signs In

1 August 2013

Clarets secure services of midfield ace

Burnley Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of free agent David Jones.

The former Wigan Athletic, Derby County and Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder, 28, has signed a three-year deal at Turf Moor.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche said: “David is a very good footballer and someone who has good pedigree, coming from Manchester United.

“At Wigan he was almost a part of something, but here he thinks he can really do something, as do we, and mould himself into a really good footballer here at Burnley.

“There were a few clubs in for David, but he wanted to get a feel for us and geographically, he is not a million miles away, so that helped.

“He came in a couple of weeks late, but he is a very fit lad and we manage to accelerate him into the group, so we are looking forward to how he progresses here.”

Southport-born Jones, who was at United for a decade from the age of 10, spent time on loan at Preston North End and Dutch side NEC Nijmegen until he finally quit Old Trafford for Derby County in search of first team football, aged 21.

There, the £1m former England Youth international helped Billy Davies’ side earn promotion to the Premier League in 2007.

In 2009, he earned a second promotion in three years following another £1m-plus move to Mick McCarthy’s Wolves.

And by 2011, Jones made it a hat-trick of appearances for Premier League clubs when he joined Wigan Athletic, where he would make a further 29 top flight starts in two seasons.

A loan spell at Blackburn towards the end of last season brought more game time, before his release in the summer from Wigan.

And after training and playing in four pre-season games with the Clarets this summer, he joins the club on the eve of the Championship season.

Jones will wear squad number 14 at Turf Moor

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