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Unsworth rejects new Burnley deal

Burnley defender David Unsworth
Unsworth made 31 appearances for the Clarets

David Unsworth has left Burnley after rejecting the offer of a one-year player-coach role at Turf Moor.

The 34-year-old defender has expressed a desire to extend his playing career and becomes a free agent from 1 July.

Clarets boss Owen Coyle told his club's website: "David still wanted to play at the highest level possible and I fully understand that.

"However, we cannot guarantee him a first-team place at Burnley and we made that clear."

I am genuinely sorry to see David go

Burnley boss Owen Coyle
Unsworth, who was born in Chorley, was signed by previous boss Steve Cotterill on a free transfer from Wigan Athletic last August.

Coyle added: "There was an offer on the table that would have meant David taking a significant hit financially.

"But equally it would have given him the opportunity to move into coaching - however after having a chat we have amicably decided on a parting of the ways.

"I am genuinely sorry to see David go."


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