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Wednesday, 11 July, 2001, 11:22 GMT 12:22 UK
McGregor completes Burnley move
Mark McGregor
McGregor scored seven league goals for Wrexham
Wrexham's Mark McGregor has agreed a three-year deal to join First Division side Burnley.

McGregor, 24, had originally verbally agreed a new contract with Wrexham but has since decided to move on a free transfer.

The utility defender, who joined Wrexham in 1995, failed to turn up to pre-season training last week after two First Division clubs showed an interest in signing him.


He's been a delight to work with over the last few year
Brian Flynn on McGregor
Wrexham manager Brian Flynn admitted that losing McGregor's services was a huge blow to the club.

"We were expecting him back last week for the first day of pre-season training," Flynn said.

"He'd agreed his contract, but having spoken to Mark over the last days I understand his position.

"He had a fantastic season with us last year. So he goes with our best wishes.

"He's been a delight to work with over the last few years."

McGregor played centre-back for the majority of last season, but with three other centre defenders in the squad, Flynn is confident the club has plenty of cover in that position.

But having already lost left-back Phil Hardy to Port Vale he admitted the club needs to act quickly to find full-back replacements.


At 24, he would appear to have a long a successful career ahead of him
Burnley manager Stan Ternent
Burnley manager Stan Ternent, believes McGregor will represent great value for the club.

"He will add depth to our squad, which we need at the moment. The lad is very quick and can adapt to many positions on the field," said Ternent.

"Despite his young age he has a lot of first team experience and he will relish the prospect of playing at this level.

"At 24, he would appear to have a long a successful career ahead of him."

McGregor is already a hero with Burnley fans after scoring a 35-yard screamer on the last day of the season of the 1999/00 season to deny Gillingham gaining automatic promotion to the First Division paving the way for Burnley to take second spot.

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