Beast and Grant leave Turf Moor

Both senior Burnley keepers left Turf Moor earlier this week, making a new number one a priority for Clarets boss Sean Dyche.

Friday, 10th May 2013, 3:00 pm
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Brian Jensen - at the end of his 10th season with the club - has been allowed to move on, while Lee Grant has returned for former club Derby County as a free agent, with his contract also due to expire this summer.

Jensen, in his testimonial year, couldn’t be guaranteed the first team football he craves, even with the departure of Grant, and “The Beast” said on twitter: “Emotional day, not been offered a new contract so time for a new challenge!”

The news moved him to tears, but he hopes to get a chance to say farewell with his testimonial game at Turf Moor in pre-season, when confirmed.

Dyche said: “Brian has made a huge contribution to this club, and we wish him and his family well for the future.”

Meanwhile, Grant, who started every league game this season and walked away with the supporters’ overall player of the year accolade last week, confirmed his return to Pride Park, after, it is understood, having a medical and signing a pre-contract agreement with the Rams before Saturday’s final game against Ipswich Town.

Grant had held talks over a new deal at Turf Moor, but the lure of going back to Derby, where he started his professional career, was too strong.

He has signed a three-year deal, and Grant said of his spell at Burnley: “I enjoyed my time there, three good years.

“It would have been nice if we could have pushed a little bit harder for that top six.

“There was a couple of times when it looked like we would do, but we didn’t quite manage it.

“This season we got to seventh and I don’t think we won for five or six games, so it was frustrating but that has happened to many clubs in this division.

“I look back fondly on my time there.”

He left Sheffield Wednesday as player of the year, and he added of his accolades from the Clarets fans last week: “It was good to finish on a high note.

“Of my three years there, my third was probably my best year.

“I have come away with some awards from the supporters, and that was nice.”

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