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  • Writer's pictureCallum Hattle

Onwards & upwards for Trafford

Burnley have completed the signing of highly rated young goalkeeper, James Trafford.

He joins from Manchester City, joining on a 4-year contract. The deal being worth an initial £15 million pounds, plus an extra £4 million pounds in 'potential' add-ons.

Trafford is a very recently crowned U-21 Euro winner, becoming the only keeper not to concede all tournament long, including that crucial penalty save against Abel Ruiz in the final...


The transfer fee of £19 million pounds - is of course - a significant amount for a goalkeeper. But Burnley clearly see a lot of potential in Trafford and are willing to invest in his future, and their future too, by giving him the opportunity to flourish at a higher level than what a lower league Bolton could offer.

Trafford impressed on loan at Bolton last season, making 4 clean sheets in his first 4 appearances for the club, becoming the first goalkeeper to ever do so for the club.


This came shortly after a disappointing stint at fellow League One side Accrington Stanley, where he conceded 26 goals in just 10 games and lost his place in Accrington’s side.

The move to Bolton did however ignite his footballing career once again, where he played a crucial role in the clubs demolishing of Plymouth Argyle to lift the Papa John’s Trophy as they brushed aside the pilgrims 4-0 to clinch the trophy.


Overall, the signing of James Trafford is a significant move for Burnley as they look to strengthen their squad ahead of the new Premier League season.


With his youth and potential, Trafford could be a key player for the club for years to come.


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