Burnley defender Michael Duff has announced his retirement at the age of 38.

He plans to take up a role in club’s academy.

Duff joined the Clarets from Cheltenham for £30,000 in 2004.  He went on to make 383 appearances for the Lancashire club, finding the back of the net eight times.

The centre-back has helped Burnley win promotion to the Premiership more than once, and he featured 25 times this season, helping his side win the Championship title.

“It’s been an honour to represent this football club,” the Northern Ireland international told the club website.

“To do it with this group of lads this season as champions has been unbelievable.

“Sean Dyche rested me earlier in the season and since then we’ve gone 23 unbeaten so you can’t argue with that.

“He also said I could go and play elsewhere or continue working here in the academy and it’s an opportunity I couldn’t turn down.”

Duff spent eight years at Cheltenham where he won FA Trophy, National League and the League Two play-offs.

He represented Northern Ireland 24 times during his international career.


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