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Michael Duff Announces His Retirement

9 May 2016

Clarets legend Michael Duff has officially announced his retirement from football after 383 appearances for the club.

The defender, who confirmed that he will take up a role within the Academy at the club’s Player of the Year awards night, joined from Cheltenham Town for £30,000 in 2004.

And after becoming the 4th oldest outfield player since the war in the club’s 134 year history, an emotional Duff expressed his pride at serving a club he loves for so long.

He said: “It’s been an honour to represent this football club and to do it with this group of lads this season as Champions has been unbelievable.

“Gaffer rested me earlier in the season and since then we’ve gone 23 unbeaten so you can’t argue with that!

“He also said I could go and play elsewhere or continue working here in the Academy and it’s an opportunity I couldn’t turn down.”

His game at Charlton put him level with Adam Blacklaw in 13th place on Burnley's  all-time appearance list and his teammates presented him with a framed shirt as a parting gift.

He has played his part in three promotions to the Premier League. By winning the title, he now has a Play-off final, a runners-up and, fittingly, finally, a winners medal.

You’ll always be a claret.

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