Date: 4th July 2012 at 9:32am
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We bring you some recent snippets of Clarets-related news below that you may have missed

Fixtures Changed

The 2012-13 Fixtures were only announced a few weeks ago and already two games involving the Clarets have been changed.

Our away game against Watford has been brought forward 24 hours to Good Friday to allow more time to recover for the Easter Monday games and Sky Sports have announced that they want to cover the Blackpool derby at home on Saturday 20th October live so the kick-off will now be later at 5:20pm instead of the normal 3pm.

Burnley X-Files: Blake, Lafferty and McKee on the Move!

Robbie Blake released by Bolton at the end of last season is now plying his trade in League One with newly relegated Doncaster Rovers. It was announced last week that Blake, now 36 had signed a one year deal for Donny on a free transfer.

Another former Claret, striker Kyle Lafferty has left financially-stricken Rangers refusing to sign a new contract with the new company in charge of the club. The 24 year old was one of 10 Ibrox stars who objected to having their contracts changed over to Charles Green`s Sevco company following liquidation. Lafferty in addition also had a recent bust up with manager Ally McCoist. The Northern Ireland striker had a spectacular fall-out with the gaffer in April which resulted in him being heavily fined and suspended for two weeks. McCoist refused to accept a hamstring sick note from the player after he failed to make the team bus for a game at Tynecastle.

It would appear the two had patched up their differences but either way, Lafferty is no longer a Rangers player after signing for Swiss club, Sion last week and accepting what is thought to be a lucrative three year deal.

Finally, Joe McKee has joined Owen Coyle`s Bolton Wanderers after Burnley refused to renew his contract. McKee joined Burnley from Livingston as a 16-year-old back in 2009, before signing a professional deal in 2011.The 19 year striker can also play as an attacking midfielder but he never made a first-team appearance for the Clarets and was loaned out to St Mirren.

Talking about the move, McKee said:

‘Delighted and proud to have signed for Bolton Wanderers, pre-season starts Thursday time to get the head down!!”

Pre-season injuries

The recent spate of International activity has taken its toll on two of our players. The squad are expected to report for their first pre-season training session this Friday (6th July) but both Michael Duff and David Edgar will be given additional time to recover from their knocks and tiredness.

Duff suffered an injury on international duty with Northern Ireland after starting the friendly game against the Netherlands last month. He came off after 62 minutes and Howe has since confirmed that he rolled his ankle and tweaked his knee during the game.

“He has been for a scan. We don`t envisage there being too many problems,” said Howe.

“We hope he can start pre-season training but if not it will just after the rest of the lads.”

“He did tweak his knee slightly and I think he would have been out for a period time in the middle of the season.

“But hopefully with the break he will be okay.

“We are going to wrap him up in cotton wool I think and hopefully get him through pre-season and the early games of the season injury-free because he proved last season what a big player he is for us.”

Another player affected by International duty is David Edgar but in this case he just needs a rest!

Edgar has spent most of the close season on duty with Canada. The defender played in three international games for the Canucks this summer starting with their friendly with the United States before taking on Cuba and Honduras in World Cup qualifiers

“David will be given an extended break,” said Howe.

“He has been travelling and playing really throughout the break so will give him an extra ten days.

“He will report back on Monday, July 16.

“You also have to remember while the other players were enjoying the international breaks he was flying all over the world so he deserves a little bit of extended rest.”

Pre-season training open day at Turf Moor

Burnley will not have a pre-season friendly at home this summer but instead will open its doors for fans to see the lads train ahead of the new season. It had been hoped that a home friendly game would have been arranged for the week before the season started and it was thought that Everton had been lined up to provide some Premier League opposition. In the end though terms could not be agreed so instead we will now be able to go along for the open day and see the lads train.

The idea of a open training day had been mooted for some time and had been pushed by Clarets Trust in their regular meetings with the club.

The club will throw open the doors at Turf Moor on Saturday, August 11 a week before Burnley’s big Championship curtain-raiser against Bolton Wanderers.

The central attraction of the day will be an open training session for Eddie Howe’s first-team squad on the pitch as they fine-tune their preparations for the new campaign which starts with a Capital Cup clash at Port Vale on Tuesday, August 14.

Supporters will get the chance to watch the manager put his players through their paces before an opportunity for photos and autographs with the Clarets’ playing staff.

Further entertainment will also be on offer in and around the ground with times and more details to be announced shortly.

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