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Barton Joins The Clarets

27 August 2015

Burnley Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of free agent  Joey Barton, subject to paperwork.

The former QPR midfielder, 32, has penned a one-year deal at Turf Moor.

The Clarets beat off strong competition from a host of Premier League clubs for the experienced midfielder, who made 28 appearances in the top-flight during the 2014/15 campaign.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche said: “I’m delighted that we have Joey on board.

“He was very respectful when speaking about our  club at the end of last season and during the summer.

“We had many conversations and He made it clear he was very interested in what we are about and that coming here was something he would consider.

“He is player who is in demand and who others think highly of. I know there is other stuff to his life and character, but on the pitch I think everyone speaks well of him and he is certainly someone who I think can get the culture and the understanding of what we do here.”

Born in Huyton, Barton came through Manchester City’s academy and made his first-team debut against Bolton Wanderers in April 2003.

During his time at the Etihad, Barton’s performances earned him an England U21 call-up for their 2004 European Championships, and after continuing to impress at the heart of midfield, he was awarded the club’s Young Player of the Year award at the end of the 2003/04 season.

In 2007, Barton was called up to the senior England side after impressive club form and came on as a substitute in the 78th minute, replacing Frank Lampard in a 0-1 defeat to Spain at Old Trafford.

He made over 150 appearances at City, before Newcastle paid £5.8m for his services in 2007.

The former England international spent four years on Tyneside, helping the side to bounce straight back to the Premier League as Championship champions in the 2009/10 season.

After 84 appearances at St James Park, he joined Queens Park Rangers on a free transfer in 2011. His combative, all-action style endeared him to the Loftus Road faithful and he became an integral part of their side.

But having being unable to help prevent relegation from the Premier League in the 2011/12 season, Barton spent a year on loan at Marseille in Ligue 1.

He then returned to QPR and helped the club return to the top-flight via the Play-Offs after a 1-0 win over Derby County at Wembley.

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