Date: 3rd March 2008 at 7:11pm
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Clarets gaffer Owen Coyle has scoffed at rumours reported in the National Press that defender Jon Harley had turned down an offer of a new contract.

A number of Clarets fans websites also compounded the rumour.

The defender is one of seven players out of contract in the summer. The main one of course is Wade Eliott who is currently believed to be finalising a deal.The others are Brian Jensen, David Unsworth, Garreth O’Connor, James O’Connor and John Spicer.

The Sunday People in particular reported the news but it seems their source was wrong.

Jon Harley has had a bit of a comeback in recent times under Owen Coyle having fought to get back and retain the left back position ahead of out-of-favour left back Stephen Jordan. Harley seemed to be struggling under Steve Cotterill for a time, but has been quite impressive in the last few matches under Coyle. He can also play in left midfield, and has slotted into that position on occasion.

We shall now have to see how this story develops but the denial from Coyle will be good news for a number of Clarets fans who rate Harley quite highly.