Date: 7th February 2011 at 7:32pm
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Eddie Howe now has more options in the back four following the return of former Manchester United right back, Richard Eckersley after completing his loan spell at Bradford City.

The 21-year-old spent three months at Valley Parade (aka Coral Windows Stadium) and made 12 appearances for the Bantams after joining the League Two side in mid-November.

Eckersley has found it difficult to break into the Clarets first team so far and will find it hard to displace Tyrone Mears at right back.

He has yet to make his league debut for the Clarets and has made just once FA Cup and three Carling Cup appearances since signing from Manchester United in July 2009 after penning a four year contract.

It is time perhaps now that we begin to see a return on our investment. Eckersley following a tribunal cost Burnley £500,000 in the end and so far he has spent most of the time since signing for the the Clarets out on loan.

Before Bradford he also had a loan spell at Plymouth Argyle at the end of last season.

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