Date: 4th July 2011 at 7:27pm
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It had been widely speculated that Graham Alexander could be leaving the club and now this has been officially confirmed.

The 39-year-old had struggled to feature in Eddie Howe’s first team last season and failed to make one start under the new gaffer following the departure of Brian Laws.

Grezza still had one year of his contract to run as player-coach but it is widely thought that he still wanted to play football rather than concentrate on the coaching side. This appears to have been the sticking point despite only recently Howe telling BBC Radio Lancashire that Alexander remained in his plans for the coming Championship season.

However he has now left Turf Moor after having the final year of his contract at the club cancelled by mutual consent.

The Scottish international joined the Clarets from Preston in August 2007 and certainly had his high spots with the club. He of course helped Burnley gain promotion to the Premier League as well as eventually replacing Steven Caldwell as club captain. His success rate from the penalty spot was of course legendary and only last season he became only the second outfield player to reach 1,000 career appearances in English football.

A club statement has been provided which reads:

‘Burnley FC would like to place on record its sincere thanks to Alexander, who has been a model professional and influential leader during his four years at Turf Moor.

“The club captain was hugely instrumental in the Clarets` rise to the Premier League and played a major role during the club`s inaugural top-flight campaign.

“Towards the end of the 2010/11 season, the (Scotland) international then made history by becoming only the second outfield player in English football to make 1,000 senior appearances.

“However, the aim of the Burnley Football Club board of directors, with the full backing of manager Eddie Howe, is to now pursue a long-term strategy of lowering the average age of the playing squad.

“In closing, everyone at Burnley Football Club would like to wish Graham every success in his future playing and coaching career.”

It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to Grezza and I am sure all at Vital Burnley will wish him well in whatever career path he now chooses. A great servant,one of the best and a superb ambassador for the game epitomising everything that is good about football today.

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