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It's A Dunne Deal As Jimmy Joins Hearts

Defender signs new Turf Moor contract before secuing loan move to SPL

21 August 2018

Jimmy Dunne has signed a new contract at Burnley and joined Scottish Premiership leaders Hearts on loan.

The defender, 20, has agreed a new deal to extend his stay at Turf Moor until June, 2020, with the option of a further 12 months.

And he will now get the chance to add to his senior experience at Hearts after moving to Tynecastle on loan until 7 January.

“The new contract gives me not only security, but a chance to be part of a club that is really progressing and has been on the up for the past few seasons,” said Dunne.

“For me to remain part of that is a massive thing for me and my development.

“I will still be in contact with the coaches at Burnley and this time next year hopefully they will see me in a higher position than this summer.

“Hearts have been unfortunate with injuries, particularly at the back, and I feel lucky to have been able to get this deal to hopefully help plug the gap and play in some huge games.

“I know that Hearts have been off to a great start and they’re going to look to continue that run, so I just want to be a part of that. 

“It’s a club with an amazing fan-base and seems similar in philosophy to Burnley, which should help me fit in really well.”

Dunne, who joined Burnley in July, 2016 after leaving Manchester United, was involved at first-team level with the Clarets during pre-season, featuring in friendlies against Preston North End, Montpellier and Espanyol.

But following the signing of Ben Gibson from Middlesbrough, the Republic of Ireland under-21 international has been allowed to move north to join a Hearts side which has enjoyed an outstanding start to the season.

The Edinburgh-based outfit, managed by ex-Scotland boss Craig Levein, have won their opening two league games, including a win over champions Celtic.

And ‘The Jambos’ are also into the quarter-finals of the Scottish League Cup, where they will face Motherwell.

Dunne is yet to make a competitive appearance for the Clarets but played first-team football on loan at Barrow and Accrington Stanley last season.

And the central defender played a key role in Stanley’s League Two title success, starting 18 games as John Coleman’s side secured promotion.

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