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Phil Bardsley

Defender

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Biography

Date of birth

28/06/1985

Height

180 cm

Signed

25/07/2017

Country

Scotland

Bardsley joined the Clarets on a two-year contract in July, 2017 after ending a three-year stay at Premier League rivals Stoke City.

And the defender’s signing means a return to Turf Moor for the Scotland international.

Bardsley made six Championship appearances for Burnley during a loan spell from Manchester United towards the end of the 2005/06 season.

That was a break-through season for the right-back, who made his Premier League debut for United that season.

Having come through the Academy ranks at Old Trafford – where he had started as an eight-year-old – Bardsley made eight-top-flight appearances as United finished second to Chelsea in the 2005/06 title race.

In total, Salford-born Bardsley made 18 senior appearances for United, as well as gaining first-team experience from loan spells with Burnley, Royal Antwerp, Rangers, Aston Villa and Sheffield United during his time at Old Trafford.

In January, 2008, he left United to join Sunderland and went on to spend six-and-a-half seasons in the North East, helping the Black Cats stay in the top flight.

Bardsley made exactly 200 appearances for Sunderland before becoming a free agent and joining Stoke in May, 2014.

Despite fierce competition for the full-back roles at the Britannia Stadium, Bardsley made 51 Premier League appearances in a total of 63 games for Mark Hughes’ side, helping Stoke achieve three successive ninth-place finishes – a club best for the Premier League era.

He signed a new 12-month contract at the end of the 2016/17 season but just a couple of months late accepted the offer of a new challenge at Turf Moor, following former team-mate Jon Walters from Stoke to become as part of Sean Dyche’s re-shaped squad.

Bardsley also added to the number of internationals at Turf Moor, having opted to play for Scotland – the country of his father’s birth – and winning 13 caps since making a debut in 2010.

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