Date: 30th June 2008 at 4:04pm
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David Unsworth has turned down the offer of a player/coaching role at Turf Moor and will now leave the club to seek a playing role elsewhere.

The 34-year-old defender made 31 appearances for the Clarets last season following his arrival on a free transfer from Wigan Athletic.

Unsworth’s one-year deal expired this summer but Owen Coyle was willing to offer a dual player and coaching role.

The former Everton and England defender has however expressed a desire to extend his playing career and therefore will become a free agent from July 1.

It is probably no surprise to Clarets fans that Unsworth eventually turned us down after taking many weeks to come to a decision, probably exploring other options.

Clarets gaffer Owen Coyle said:

‘David still wanted to play at the highest level possible and I fully understand that.

‘However, we cannot guarantee him a first team place at Burnley and we made that clear.

‘There was an offer on the table that would have meant David taking a significant hit financially, but equally would have given him the opportunity to move into coaching

‘However, after having a chat we have amicably decided on a parting of the ways

‘I am genuinely sorry to see David go.

‘He is a true professional and a really good guy and he leaves with all our best wishes.’