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Stanley Deal Dunne For Jimmy

Young defender hopes to follow Kevin Long path after joining Accrington on loan

4 January 2018

Young Clarets defender Jimmy Dunne has completed a loan move to neighbours Accrington Stanley.

The 20-year-old Irishman will spend the rest of the season with the League Two side, having just completed a successful five-month stay with National League club Barrow.

Dundalk-born Dunne, who joined Burnley from Manchester United in July, 2016, started 21 games for Barrow, where he made a positive impression on and off the pitch.

The Bluebirds were keen to try and retain the services of the centre-back, but he will now get the chance to play League football for the first time during his stay with John Coleman’s promotion hopefuls.

Dunne revealed he took advice from Turf Moor team-mate Kevin Long, who also got his first experience of playing in the Football League on loan with Stanley, before progressing to the first-team ranks with the Clarets.

Dunne said: “It is a step up from Barrow and that's what I need. I have learnt a lot at Barrow and this is an opportunity for me to step into the League.

“It's a different kind of football, a different situation, as there was a lot of defending at Barrow, while Accrington are doing well in League Two.

“There will be more quality and it will be a faster pace of football.

“I spoke to Kevin Long, who was also on loan at Accrington and a number of other clubs. He is Irish, too, and he has gone on to make his international debut and play in the Premier League, so there is a pathway. He is someone I can look up to.”

Meanwhile, Dan Agyei has returned to Turf Moor following his loan spell at Walsall.

The striker, 20, made 18 League One appearances for the Saddlers, scoring four times.

He also scored once in three appearances in the Football League Trophy.

Agyei made three substitute appearances in the Premier League for the Clarets last season, as well as scoring five times for Coventry City in a five-month loan spell.

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