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A Noble Signing

19 July 2013

Former Black Cats striker signs deal

Burnley Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of former Sunderland striker Ryan Noble on a one-year deal.

The former England U19 striker is a free agent after being released from the Stadium of Light in the summer.

Noble, 22, is a product of the Sunderland youth Academy and the 6ft striker made five Premier League appearances for the Black Cats in the 2010/11 and 2011/12 seasons.

He previously ended the 2009/10 season on loan at Watford, where Clarets boss Sean Dyche was assistant manager.

Noble later had two loan spells at Derby County; the first, in October 2010, being ended prematurely by injury before he joined the Rams again in January 2012 and made two appearances, including one as a substitute in the 0-0 draw at Burnley.

The following March, Noble joined Hartlepool and scored two goals in nine appearances before joining the League One side again in October 2012 and featuring in 10 games for the Pools, scoring once in a 2-1 defeat at Bury.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche said: “Ryan is a young goalscorer who was searching for a chance at Sunderland and didn’t quite get it.

“But we hope to give him as chance here to further his development into possibly a first team player.

“We had Ryan at Watford, but he was too young then. He’s now a little older and wiser now and we want him to be hungry to perform and impress and improve himself here.

“He will get the platform and that is the challenge.”

Following his release, he will now link up with the Clarets for the 2012/13 campaign.

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