Burnley defender Kevin Long will not be returning to Accrington Stanley

Defender Kevin Long

Defender Kevin Long

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

BURNLEY defender Kevin Long will not be returning to Accrington Stanley this season as Burnley boss Eddie Howe considers sending the Irish defender on loan to a League One club.

The 21-year-old enjoyed an excellent six-month spell on loan with the Reds, making 24 appearances and scoring four goals, including the second in Tuesday’s 4-0 win over Macclesfield Town.

But that will prove the final game for Long at the Crown Ground club this season after his loan deal expired, despite Stanley manager John Coleman’s determination to keep him until the end of the campaign.

Long is now back with the Clarets and Howe admits he will monitor the defender’s progress in training before deciding the next step in his future.

"Kevin has done really well at Accrington. He has been a really consistent performer for them and scored a few goals as well," said Howe.

"We will have a look at him and see how he has progressed. We will see how much he has improved and where he's at right now and then perhaps look to get him back out, maybe to League One."

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6:27pm Thu 5 Jan 12

FCBurnley says...

Shame we cant help our neighbours but if EH thinks Div 1 football will help Long improve then so be it.
Shame we cant help our neighbours but if EH thinks Div 1 football will help Long improve then so be it. FCBurnley
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12:32am Fri 6 Jan 12

no ney never says...

Good to see Eddie taking an interest in all our players. Nice to have a capable manager who is looking to progress everyone and is able to plan a route for each individuals development.
Can't help but think where we'd be now if Eddie had been appointed after coyle instead of laws. I reackon at least five years further on given the funds laws had and squandered. We may even have made a better fist of staying in the prem such do I believe we have the best manager our board could have signed.
Eddie's 1st Christmas as a father if i'm not mistaken, hope it went well.
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Howe the lads.
Good to see Eddie taking an interest in all our players. Nice to have a capable manager who is looking to progress everyone and is able to plan a route for each individuals development. Can't help but think where we'd be now if Eddie had been appointed after coyle instead of laws. I reackon at least five years further on given the funds laws had and squandered. We may even have made a better fist of staying in the prem such do I believe we have the best manager our board could have signed. Eddie's 1st Christmas as a father if i'm not mistaken, hope it went well. . Howe the lads. no ney never
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