Hand Duff a deal, says ex-Claret Unsworth

Michael Duff

Michael Duff

First published in Sport This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Burnley FC reporter

FORMER Claret David Unsworth says Michael Duff deserves a new deal, regardless of what division Burnley are in next season.

Duff, who played alongside Unsworth in the 2007/08 season, is one of seven remaining players whose contracts run out this summer, while a further 10 expire at the end of the 2014/15 season.

The Clarets have moved quickly to tie striker Sam Vokes to a longer term deal, and the club have indicated that talks have begun with a number of others.

And Unsworth feels long-serving Duff should be among the ones that Burnley are looking to keep, even if he helps the club secure a second promotion in five years.

“Duffo’s consistent, he’s experienced, he is a leader – he deserves another contract,” said the former Everton defender.

“I’m surprised it hasn’t been sorted out already. I know money is tight for the majority of clubs but I see no reason why Duff wouldn’t get another year.”

Even if the second-placed Clarets are promoted – as Unsworth admitted he expects this season – he feels Duff is well enough equipped for another season in the top flight.

“People say that because he is the other side of 30 he can’t pay in the Premier League. He can, because he is an experienced player – he has been there before – and that counts for a lot in the Premier League,” said the Chorley-born England cap, who played until he was 36.

“If a player’s playing, and playing well – as he is – why shouldn’t he get another year?

“If Burnley go up or not, Duffo’s still a valuable member of the squad, but the most important thing is he is a top pro, he trains every day, he’s as fit as a fiddle and has a top attitude.

“And his form has never suffered with the amount of games he has played.

“He’s solid as a rock and has formed a great partnership with Jason Shackell.”

And it is that defensive unit, along with the central midfield partnership of Dean Marney and David Jones, and 40-goal strike partnership of Sam Vokes and Danny Ings, that influences Unsworth to believe that Burnley can go the distance in the promotion race.

“Burnley are as good a team as I’ve seen in the Championship, and I’ve seen a lot of Championship games this season,” said the 40-year-old.

“I saw them against Bolton and they were really solid, very difficult to break down.

“There's a real good feel about them.”

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2:21pm Thu 20 Feb 14

McClaret says...

Been a great servant to Burnley, refreshing change to see players like Duff who love the game and the club and don't just want to try and grab money. He should be offered a new deal, 1st team or not in coming seasons he would be a great squad player to have. Good example to the rest..
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Been a great servant to Burnley, refreshing change to see players like Duff who love the game and the club and don't just want to try and grab money. He should be offered a new deal, 1st team or not in coming seasons he would be a great squad player to have. Good example to the rest.. UTC McClaret
  • Score: 9

2:53pm Thu 20 Feb 14

claret813 says...

Time to extend Duff and the other 6 players that are out of contract. Even if we don't get promoted, we still need this group for next season
Time to extend Duff and the other 6 players that are out of contract. Even if we don't get promoted, we still need this group for next season claret813
  • Score: 7

8:09pm Thu 20 Feb 14

BubblePopFC_11K_Fans says...

claret813 wrote:
Time to extend Duff and the other 6 players that are out of contract. Even if we don't get promoted, we still need this group for next season
I can understand them not wanting to sign up as they may get a dream move to swansea or wigan or something
[quote][p][bold]claret813[/bold] wrote: Time to extend Duff and the other 6 players that are out of contract. Even if we don't get promoted, we still need this group for next season[/p][/quote]I can understand them not wanting to sign up as they may get a dream move to swansea or wigan or something BubblePopFC_11K_Fans
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9:40pm Thu 20 Feb 14

masher50 says...

BubblePopFC_11K_Fans wrote:
claret813 wrote:
Time to extend Duff and the other 6 players that are out of contract. Even if we don't get promoted, we still need this group for next season
I can understand them not wanting to sign up as they may get a dream move to swansea or wigan or something
fake villa appears again! Schizophrenia abounds!
[quote][p][bold]BubblePopFC_11K_Fans[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]claret813[/bold] wrote: Time to extend Duff and the other 6 players that are out of contract. Even if we don't get promoted, we still need this group for next season[/p][/quote]I can understand them not wanting to sign up as they may get a dream move to swansea or wigan or something[/p][/quote]fake villa appears again! Schizophrenia abounds! masher50
  • Score: 3

7:28am Fri 21 Feb 14

Chris P Bacon says...

BubblePopFC_11K_Fans wrote:
claret813 wrote:
Time to extend Duff and the other 6 players that are out of contract. Even if we don't get promoted, we still need this group for next season
I can understand them not wanting to sign up as they may get a dream move to swansea or wigan or something
When you feel compelled to using a name to reflect your primary rival in a denigrating way (again), it says more about you than about your rivals. Or hadn't you taken that into consideration?
[quote][p][bold]BubblePopFC_11K_Fans[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]claret813[/bold] wrote: Time to extend Duff and the other 6 players that are out of contract. Even if we don't get promoted, we still need this group for next season[/p][/quote]I can understand them not wanting to sign up as they may get a dream move to swansea or wigan or something[/p][/quote]When you feel compelled to using a name to reflect your primary rival in a denigrating way (again), it says more about you than about your rivals. Or hadn't you taken that into consideration? Chris P Bacon
  • Score: 2

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