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Clarets Take The Michael

2 September 2013

Burnley have swooped ahead of the transfer deadline to sign former England U21 winger Michael Kightly on loan from Stoke City, subject to Premier League approval.

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

Kightly 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.

Kightly will link up with his new Burnley team mates on their return to training later this week, ahead of the Championship game against Blackburn Rovers at Turf Moor on Saturday, September 14.

Michael Kightly Factfile

• January 1986: Born in Basildon

• 2001: Released by Tottenham Hotspur as a junior. Joins hometown team Basildon United.

• December 2002: Joins Southend United on two-year deal.

• April 2006 - Wins FA Trophy with Grays Athletic

• November 2006 - Signs for Wolves, initially on loan, then a two-and-half year deal.

• July 2007: Signs new four-year deal at Molineux.

• August 2007 - Makes England Under-21 debut against Romania

• April 2009 - Wins Championship with Wolves

• November 2009 - Suffers knee injury that sidelines him for much of the next two years

• October 2011, joins Watford on loan

• August 2012: Signs for Stoke City and scores on competitive debut v Reading

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