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Ben Mee

Defender


Biography

Date of birth

21/09/1989

Height

180 cm

Signed

01/07/2012

Country

England

Ben Mee joined the Clarets on a season-long loan from Manchester City in July 2011 and made the move permanent by agreeing a three-and-a-half year deal in January 2012. 

The Sale-born defender previously came through the youth ranks at City, captaining their 2008 FA Youth Cup winning squad before making his senior debut in a Carling Cup tie at the start of the 2010/11 season. 

The versatile defender spent a short spell on loan at Leicester City in 2010/11, but rather than return to the Foxes became Eddie Howe's first signing as he prepared for his first full season in charge at Turf Moor. 

Mee originally operated as a left-back, racking up 35 appearances in his first season with the Clarets and forging a reputation as a fearless operator - epitomised by his legendary head-in-the-way block at Reading in February, 2012. 

The former England under-21 international’s consistent form was rewarded with a new three-year deal in the summer of 2014 following promotion to the Premier League. 

Following relegation from the top flight, Mee started the title-winning campaign at left-back before moving to centre-back where he began a formidable partnership with Michael Keane and played an integral part of a defensive line that remained unbeaten for 23 league games to secure promotion in 2016. 

Mee’s high level of performances week-in, week-out earned him the Player’s Player of the Season award. 

The central defensive partnership continued into the 2016/17 season, winning plenty of plaudits as they Mee and Keane helped the Clarets secure their place in the Premier League, Mee being an ever-present until he missed the final four games of the campaign with a shin injury.