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Chris Long

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Biography

Date of birth

25/02/1995

Height

180 cm

Signed

28/07/2015

Country

England

Former Everton striker Long signed for the Clarets in July 2015, penning a three-year deal with a further year’s option in the club’s favour. 

The Clarets beat off strong competition for the young Liverpudlian, who joined the Blues’ Academy at the age of five. 

Before joining the Clarets, Long spent time on loan at Brentford after progressing through the ranks at Goodison Park, where he made one appearance in the 2014/15 campaign as a late substitute in the Europa League group stage fixture against Krasnodar. 

He scored his first professional goal against Shrewsbury Town during a loan spell at MK Dons in the 2013/14 campaign. 

And the young forward, who has represented England at U16, U17, U18 and U20 level, moved to Griffin Park in January, 2015 to gain valuable first-team experience. 

He went on to make 11 appearances and netted four times during his brief stint with The Bees, as the season ended in a Play-Off semi-final defeat against Middlesbrough. 

His first Sky Bet Championship goal came against Bournemouth, before making his first start for the London club against Huddersfield Town - scoring twice before being replaced by Andre Gray. 

He made it four goals in five games with a goal against Blackburn Rovers in a 3-2 victory. 

At the start of the 2016/17 campaign, Long joined League One side Fleetwood Town on a season-long loan. 

He scored four goals for Fleetwood before his loan spell was cut short, allowing him to join Bolton on loan in January, 2017 and helping the Trotters seal an instant return to the Championship.

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