Date: 5th July 2009 at 10:38am
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Our new signing, Scottish International striker Steven Fletcher has donated half his signing-on fee to his former club’s Hibs Youth Development Programme.

Fletcher recently signed for the Clarets transferring from Hibernian for a club record fee of £3 million.

It has since been reported however that he has made a donation of half his signing-on fee at Turf Moor to youth development at Hibernian.

The amount donated is understood to be £125,000 which is a fantastic gesture and one that should give all football fans heart in this money-grabbing Football World we now live in! Fletcher’s arrow is in effect one from Cupid’s bow that will endear him to all Clarets fans whilst proving he still has a love for his former club and wants to help them financially.

It is clear that Fletcher is not motivated by money but a desire to play football in the best league in Europe and that mirrors the exact sort of player that Owen Coyle wants to attract to Burnley FC.

We know that all players will be on a relatively modest salary at Turf Moor with Owen Coyle on record as saying that the wage cap will be £15k/week. We will also probably still have one of the smallest squads in the division albeit this time the Premier League. Players coming to the club though will get a better chance of playing football than signing for a bigger club for a bigger salary and becoming a squad player.

How refreshing to see a player like Fletcher start his career at Burnley by donating money to his former club.

The SPL club certainly still have respect for their former player and there has been no animosity in the way he departed to come to his new club South of the Border.

Scott Lindsay, Chief Executive of Hibs said recently:

‘Everyone at Hibernian wishes Steven well in his career. He has been a terrific player for this club, and we are sure he will go on to prove his worth in the top league in England. He goes with our best wishes.’

Well done Steven for such a magnanimous gesture