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Arfield 'Wanted New Challenge'

Midfielder set for Rangers move as Dean Marney also set to end superb Turf Moor stay

26 April 2018

Scott Arfield is expected to join Scottish giants Rangers after ending his magnificent Clarets career.

Arfield is set to move to Ibrox following a five-year stay at Turf Moor and the out-of-contract midfielder, 29, will go with the blessing of Burnley boss Sean Dyche.

“Rangers contacted the club, through the right channels, to speak about Scotty,” said Dyche, who made Arfield one of his first signings when he arrived as a free agent after leaving Huddersfield Town in July, 2013.

“He wanted a new challenge and the Rangers’ one is an inviting one for him. He was a Rangers fan as a kid and also this a really good opportunity him.

“He’s been a big part of our successes, so when that chance came available and Rangers spoke to us then we made it clear we will allow the player speak to them.

“Scotty has been an amazing servant to us, the way he conducts himself as a professional, the way he is around the community when needed to be, and then on the pitch he has been a very important player for the number of years he’s been with us.

“We are always respectful of our players and we’re not going to jeopardise anything in their future if something that comes along that’s to their benefit and Scotty feels this one is.”

Long-serving midfielder Dean Marney is also out of contract this summer and will leave along with Arfield after a superb eight-year stay at Turf Moor.

The former Hull City man and Clarets’ crowd favourite also has options on the table to extend a career which has seen him play 221 games for Burnley and – like Arfield – contribute to two promotions to the Premier League.

“Sometimes the time is right for them to move onto a new challenge and I think Deano is there now,” added Dyche.

“He’s had the chance to speak to a couple of people and he’s taken that chance.

“We’ve made it clear to him we’re not going to get in the way of things. We want him to have a bright future beyond us. He’s fit and well and champing at the bit.

“We’re respectful of Deano, another fine servant of the club both before me and with me. We don’t forget people here anyway, but particularly ones who do well for us.”

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