Defender Cort heads to Clarets
27 Jan 2010 - 17:42:07
Burnley boss Brian Laws has made a second quick-fire move in the transfer market after landing defender Leon Cort from Stoke City.
Cort, 30, has joined the Clarets on a three-and-a-half year deal for a fee of £1.5million on the same day that goalkeeper Nicky Weaver also arrived at Turf Moor.
The former Manchester City keeper was available on a free transfer after leaving Scottish Premier League side Dundee United earlier in the season.
Cort has made the move from the Potteries after dropping down the pecking order during the club's 18 months in the Premier League.
"He will be a real benefit to us with his leadership and strength," Laws told the club's official website.
"His ability is there for all to see. He is good in the air in both boxes and he is one of those old fashioned centre-halves who defends and defends well.
"I think you need that kind of assurance, but not only that he has Premier League experience of playing with Stoke City so he knows what's at stake and what is needed.
"He has signed a three-and-a-half year deal and we will see his best years for sure.
"He is coming into his natural peak in terms of experience and I am sure that will be evident for all to see."