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Clarets Stalwarts To Leave Turf Moor

Dean Marney and Scott Arfield to end magnificent Burnley careers as contracts run out

26 April 2018

Two of the Clarets’ finest servants of recent years will see their Turf Moor careers end this summer.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche confirmed that midfielders Dean Marney and Scott Arfield are set to leave when their contracts run out.

The pair will depart as free agents at the end of the campaign, with Arfield expected to return to Scotland to join Rangers - having been given permission to speak to the Ibrox club - and Marney interesting, among others, Championship club Nottingham Forest.

“We have to allow these lads the right and the chance to align their futures and honour the fact they’ve been fantastic servants to us, as well,” Dyche told Clarets Player HD.

“They have been a massive part of what we’ve done here and fantastic servants of Burnley Football Club.

“I have nothing but respect for the people and the players and, therefore, if we can help them along the way and be open-minded about their next moves, and who they’re speaking to, then we’ll certainly do that.”

Marney, 34, is the Clarets’ second longest serving player after Kevin Long, having joined Burnley from Hull City in May, 2010.

The former England under-21 international, who started his career at Tottenham Hotspur, has since played 221 games for Burnley.

He was a regular as Dyche’s side won promotion to the Premier League in 2014 and it was a knee injury sustained by the Barking-born midfield man in February, 2015 that did much to damage the Clarets’ hopes of staying up.

Marney returned to action the following season and helped the Clarets win the Championship title to secure an instant top-flight return.

He started the 2016/17 season in outstanding form and played a key role in helping Dyche’s men establish themselves in the Premier League before suffering a second major cruciate knee ligament injury at Arsenal in January, 2017.

He has since returned to full fitness but has made it back only as far as the bench at first-team level this season.

Meanwhile, Arfield will leave after five seasons with the Clarets.

Recruited as a free agent in 2013 after being released by Huddersfield Town and impressing during a spell on trial at Turf Moor, the West Lothian-born attacking midfielder proved to be one of the Clarets best ‘value-for-money’ signings.

The 29-year-old, sidelined recently with a calf injury, has made 194 appearances for the Clarets, scoring 22 goals.

Arfield, who started his career at Falkirk before joining Huddersfield in 2010, helped the Clarets win promotion to the Premier League in his first season with the club.

He repeated the trick in 2015/16 when Arfield was an ever-present in Dyche’s side which won the Championship title, scoring eight goals along the way, including a memorable winner at Blackburn Rovers in October, 2015.

Arfield – a Canadian international through the birthplace of his father - was again a regular as the Clarets sustained their top-flight status last season and this season has scored twice in 18 league appearances to help Burnley stay on course for a highest league finish since 1974.

Burnley FC thanks both players for their outstanding contributions during their time at Turf Moor and wishes them well in their future careers.

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