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George Boyd

Midfielder


Biography

Date of birth

02/10/1985

Height

186 cm

Signed

01/09/2014

Country

Scotland

Clarets’ boss Sean Dyche swooped for George Boyd on transfer deadline day in August 2014.

The Scotland international signed a three-year deal at Turf Moor after arriving from Hull City for an undisclosed fee.

Kent-born Boyd started his footballing education with Charlton Athletic in 2000 aged 15, before joining Stevenage Borough in 2001.

Boyd made his debut at just 17, going on to make 126 appearances and scoring 31 goals for ‘Boro before joining Peterborough United in 2007.

At London Road, Boyd’s career took off and the winger’s attacking flair proved pivotal to the club’s back-to-back promotions to the Championship.

Named in the PFA Team of the Year in 2007/08 and 2008/09, his impressive form continued in the second tier, ending his spell at Posh with 297 appearances and 75 goals.

Boyd joined Hull City midway through their promotion campaign in 2012/13 on a loan deal with a view to a permanent move.

After scoring four goals in 13 appearances to help the Tigers finish runners-up in the Championship, as well as bagging a Championship Player of the Month award, he made the permanent switch in May 2013.

The attacking midfielder featured 29 times in the Premier League for Steve Bruce’s side in 2013/14, and came on as a substitute in the 2014 FA Cup final against Arsenal.

The winger’s inaugural season at Turf Moor was bitter-sweet. Boyd’s five goals (including the Goal of the Season against reigning champions Manchester City) and his Player of the Year award couldn’t keep the Clarets in the Premier League.

In the 2015/16 season, the tireless midfielder proved to be integral once more on the way to clinching the title as Burnley bounced straight back to the top flioght, scoring five goals and registering five assists in 47 appearances.

The wideman – a former England ‘C’ international capped twice by Scotland -  featured in 36 Premier League games for the Clarets in the 16/17 Premier League campaign, scoring a vital winning goal against Stoke City to help confirm the Clarets’ survival.