June 24, 2020 / 1:13 PM / 11 days ago

Bardsley signs new Burnley deal, Hendrick to leave

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League - Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur - Turf Moor, Burnley, Britain - March 7, 2020 Burnley's Phil Bardsley in action with Tottenham Hotspur's Steven Bergwijn Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith

BURNLEY, England (Reuters) - Burnley full-back Phil Bardsley has signed a contract extension to keep him at Turf Moor until the end of next season but midfielder Jeff Hendrick is set to leave, the Premier League club said in a statement on Wednesday.

Bardsley, 34, was one of four first-team squad members whose contracts were due to run out on June 30 and who would not have been able to complete the current extended season.

But Ireland international Hendrick, is set to leave the club after failing to agree on a new deal, Burnley said.

Hendrick, 28, will depart along the club’s former England internationals goalkeeper Joe Hart and forward Aaron Lennon, who are both 33.

The contract situation and injuries meant Burnley manager Sean Dyche could only name seven of the possible nine substitutes on the bench for Monday’s 5-0 defeat at Manchester City and he included two goalkeepers.

Dyche, whose side are 11th with 39 points from 30 games and host strugglers Watford in their next game on Thursday, had been critical of Burnley’s directors for failing to act on his contract advice but played down the significance of that.

“I did chuckle the other night when I read that it’s the first time I’ve questioned the board in seven and a half years. I think most boards would be happy to only be questioned once in that time. Fair play to myself for only questioning them once in every seven and a half years,” he said.

“There are certain ways that we work here that are difficult. It usually revolves around finance. I know the financial standing of the club and I know how good it is, which is why it is tough sometimes,” added Dyche.

Reporting by Simon Evans; Editing by Ken Ferris

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