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Caldwell released by Clarets

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Burnley captain Steven Caldwell is among four senior players not to have been offered a new deal by the relegated club.

The 29-year-old Scotland international joined the Clarets in January 2007 from Sunderland but has been dogged by injuries this season, making only 13 appearances.

Caldwell led Burnley for the final time in Sunday's comeback win over Tottenham, while he scored his only Barclays Premier League goal for the club in their 1-1 draw with Aston Villa in November.

Midfielder Stephen Jordan will also leave Turf Moor after three seasons in Lancashire while goalkeeper Nicky Weaver and young midfielder Adam Kay have also been released.

Manager Brian Laws has offered new deals to first-choice keeper Brian Jensen, defender Michael Duff, midfielder Robbie Blake and striker Steven Thompson, and they will now decide whether to stick with the Clarets in the Coca-Cola Championship.

Player-coach Graham Alexander, meanwhile, is set to play on until he is 40 after signing a new two-year deal, with defender Clarke Carlisle extending his stay by the same length of time.

Laws said: "There have been some touch choices to make but I would like to place on record my thanks to the released players for their hard work and commitment to the club.

"I am sure I speak on behalf of all the management, staff and supporters in wishing them every success in their careers elsewhere."

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