Deeney joins Burton ahead of Clarets trial

By Richard Brown
Last updated : 09 October 2005

The winding, bordering on tedious saga surrounding the future of one Saul Deeney appears to be coming to an almighty anticlimax, as – late last week – he agreed to join the mighty Burton Albion.

Gudjon: Cutting his losses
By releasing the former Ireland under-21 international, the Magpies have waved away their right to compensation for the ‘keeper due to the player being under 24-years of age.

His departure materialised following the ‘keeper having stalled upon re-signing for the Magpies, with Deeney now having decided to take a step down the football hierarchy in order to moves upwards, after signing – albeit on non-contract terms – for Nigel Clough’s Burton Albion.

However, it is already arranged that Deeney will trial with Championship outfit Burnley this coming week. And, it is expected the news of his Meadow Lane departure may potentially re-light a spark of interest from the likes of Bristol City, Sheffield United and Crewe Alexandra – who all took the Irishman on trial over the last few months.

The 22-year old goalkeeper – who turned down the offer of an improved contract at Meadow Lane in favour of a move elsewhere – has been, effectively, released by Gudjon Thordarson after the Notts boss cut his losses on the want-away shot-stopper by handing him his week’s notice.

The ‘keeper has remained contracted to the club on a week-to-week deal subsequent to his longer-term contract having expired in late June, with Notts continuing to pay his wages.

Upon snapping up the ‘keeper, Burton boss Nigel Clough said; "We have been monitoring his situation for a while because he turned down a new contract at Meadow Lane in June. We were going to take him on loan until it transpired he was going to be released by Notts."

Saul will be training with Burnley next week, but hopefully he will play a few games for us."

At the moment, it suits both parties to have a look at each other, but if nothing materialises at Burnley, it is possible he might enjoy it with us and stay."

Deeney made his Burton debut in the 3-1 victory over Stevenage yesterday, as a thirty-minute, three-goal bombardment from the Brewers helped lift them off the bottom of the Conference National.

With the youngster now available without a fee following his release, it could well occur that interest will be rife for the young ‘keeper’s signature.

For further developments, watch this space…yet again.

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