Richard Eckersley has joined Burnley on a four year deal. The 20-year-old defender rejected a contract from Manchester United, fancying his chances of getting in the newly promoted Burnley’s team next season.

The Salford lad is the younger brother of Adam who left the club last year, after spending four years on loan at Port Vale, Brondby and Barnsley. Adam was sent off on his debut for United before signing for on a permanent basis for Port Vale, who did not renew his contract, leading to his move to Danish side AC Horsens.

Richard made four appearances for United at right-back last season, filling in for the injured Wes Brown, Gary Neville and Rafael da Silva.

He would start next season behind Wes Brown, Gary Neville, Rafael da Silva and John O’Shea in pecking order for right-back, making sense of his decision of his decision to leave and join former United team mate, Chris Eagles.

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