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Beast Leaves Burnley

7 May 2013

Clarets stalwart Jensen not offered new terms

Burnley Football Club can confirm that goalkeeper Brian Jensen will leave Turf Moor this summer.

The Clarets’ longest-serving player, who joined the club from West Bromwich Albion in June 2003, has not been offered a contract at the end of his testimonial year.

Manager Sean Dyche said: "Brian has made a huge contribution to this club and I was aware, even before I came here, what a fabulous servant he has been.

"However, Brian understandably wants first team football and unfortunately that is something we just could not guarantee.

"It's always sad to see long-serving players leave, but I am sure I speak on behalf of everyone connected with Burnley Football Club in wishing Brian and his family well for the future, on and off the pitch."

Jensen, affectionately known as the ‘Beast’, made over 300 appearances for Burnley Football Club and starred in the Premier League season of 2008/09.

He made an emotional final appearance for the club in the last minute of the final game of the season v Ipswich Town last weekend, replacing ever-present Lee Grant and receiving a rapturous ovation from the Turf Moor crowd. 

A final appearance for Brian last weekend...

... a hug from fellow goalkeeper Lee Grant...

... and a final touch in Burnley colours.

After being inform of the club’s decision not to offer the 37-year-old new terms on Monday, Jensen tweeted: “Emotional day today. Not been offered a new contract so time for a new challenge.”

He added: “I want to thank all the fans for supporting me over the years. Much appreciated. Need you one last time at the testimonial game.”

A date and opposition are yet to be confirmed for Jensen’s testimonial game, which follows a year of events in honour of the long-serving stopper.

Burnley Football Club would like to thank Brian for his invaluable contribution to the club in the past 10 years and wish him and his family all the very best for the future.

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