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Three To Leave Turf Moor

Retained list confirms departures and contract offers

15 May 2019

Three senior players are to leave Turf Moor this summer, with the future of Peter Crouch still to be determined.

Defender Stephen Ward and goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard have not had their contracts renewed, while striker Jon Walters is retiring from football due to injury.

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Left-back Ward ends a successful five-year stay with the Clarets which saw the 33-year-old make 113 appearances for the club, while former Republic of Ireland team-mate Walters and Denmark international Lindegaard leave after two seasons with Burnley.

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Former England international Crouch is also out of contract, having joined the Clarets on a short-term deal in January.

Discussions between himself and the club are set to follow over whether the striker will remain at Burnley next season. 

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Winger Aaron Lennon and full-back Phil Bardsley have both had options in their existing contracts activated to keep them at the club next season. 

And a similar scenario for midfielder Steven Defour, whose extension was activated at the end of the 2017/18 seson, means the former Belgium international midfielder remains under contract for 2019/20. 

The rest of Sean Dyche’s senior squad is also still under contract. 

Daniel Agyei, top scorer for the Under-23s, has been offered a new deal, along with midfielder Aiden O’Neill following his successful season-long loan with Australian A-League side Central Coast Mariners. 

Winger Tunde Bayode and midfielder Christian N’Guessan – regulars in Steve Stone’s U23 set-up – have also been offered new contracts, along with defender Scott Wilson, who gets a first professional contract.

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Under-23s’ captain Anthony Glennon (above left) and defensive colleague Ali Koiki, who have both made it as far as the bench at first-team level this season, have both previously had contract clauses activated to extend their stays, along with midfielder Mace Goodridge, who will return from injury in pre-season. 

But striker Ntumba Massanka and goalkeepers Conor Mitchell and Adam Bruce end lengthy stays at Turf Moor by being released. 

Defender Ed Cook also joins the list of those from the Under-23s previously announced as not being offered new deals. 

Burnley Football Club thanks all those leaving for their contribution during their time at Turf Moor and wishes them all well in their future careers.


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