Date: 20th March 2014 at 11:53am
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The club have this afternoon confirmed the signing of Chris Baird on a two-month contract until the end of the season, subject to FA and Football League approval.

The 32-year-old Northern Ireland international has joined the Clarets on a free transfer having been without a club since leaving Reading back in January.

Baird can play in central midfield and in defence both at centre back and at full-back so his versatility has been a key factor in Sean Dyche’s desire to bring him to Turf Moor. Clarest fans may remember he featured for Reading in the Royals` 2-1 defeat at Turf Moor earlier in the season.

He will be available for selection ahead of Saturday`s game against Charlton Athletic.

Baird said:

“It feels great! It`s just nice to be part a team that is playing so well at the moment. I don`t mind where I play, as long as I`m getting some games. I think that`s the most important thing.

“I know it`s not the biggest squad, and there`s been a few injuries. But I`ve spoken to the manager and he really wanted me here and I wanted to come to try and help the team finish the season as strong as possible.

“I`ve been doing a lot of training at Reading to keep myself fit. I`m fully aware of the situation at the Right back area, it`s up to manager if he wants me to play, but if he does I`m ready to play.”

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News broke earlier today on Sky Sports of the rumoured interest and we provide below the article VB provided at the time together with more information about the player.


According to Sky Sports, Burnley are set to sign Northern Ireland international Chris Baird on a short-term deal until the end of the season.

The 32-year-old is currently a free agent

He had a short term deal with Reading but that came to an end in January. During his time at the Madjeski, he clocked up nine appearances for the Royals.

The Northern Ireland international has also had spells with Southampton, Walsall (loan), Watford (loan) and Fulham. He is recognised as a versatile midfielder who can also play in defence.

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It would appear the interest has been confirmed by Sean Dyche himself. Speaking to the local media he said:

“He`s someone we`ve been keeping tabs on.

“We`ll wait and see what develops further with that one.

“He has experience and can cover a number of slots,.

“There is interest from a couple of other clubs, but it`s possibly something that could happen.

“He has a couple of options, so we`ll see if that builds into something.”

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