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Ashley Barnes

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Biography

Date of birth

30/10/1989

Height

186 cm

Signed

10/01/2014

Country

Austria

Burnley secured the signature of former Brighton and Hove Albion striker Ashley Barnes on a three-and-a-half-year deal in January 2014.

Just five months after his arrival, the Clarets clinched promotion to the Premier League, with Barnes scoring the first goal in a 2-0 win Wigan at Turf Moor that guaranteed going up and earned him the goal-of-the-season award.

He scored five Premier League goals in 2015/16 but suffered a serious knee injury on the final day at Aston Villa - a setback that ruled him out for most of the 2015/16 Championship campaign.

He made his return to the Clarets’ side against former employers Brighton & Hove Albion in April, before starting in a 2-1 victory over Birmingham City at St Andrew's.

His first goal in 20 months came when he scored a dramatic late winner against Crystal Palace in November, 2016 – one of six Premier League goals the striker scored as Sean Dyche’s side finished 16th in the table.

Barnes had begun his career at local club Paulton Rovers before moving into the Football League with Plymouth Argyle on an 18-month contract in March, 2007.

Barnes found first-team opportunities hard to come by at Argyle and was loaned out to Oxford United and then Salisbury City.

He enjoyed further loan spells with Eastbourne Borough in 2008 and Torquay United two years later, before subsequently joining League One side Brighton, initially on a season-long loan, scoring on his debut against Tranmere Rovers.

In July 2010, Barnes joined the Seagulls on a permanent basis for an undisclosed fee, signing a two-year contract.

In April 2011, Barnes scored the decisive goal in a 4-3 home victory over Dagenham and Redbridge, which confirmed Brighton’s promotion to the Championship.

He was then Brighton’s leading scorer in 2011/12 with 14 goals in all competitions to help secure their place in England’s second tier and scored a total of 53 goals in 170 appearances for the Seagulls before making the move to Turf Moor.