Hines follows Randall in new club search
There was a time when clubs published their retained lists and those players due to fall out of contract knew whether there was a new offer on the table or not, but things have changed and certainly for two ex-Clarets.
Yesterday we reported that Paul Cook, another former Claret, had opted not to offer Mark Randall a new deal at Chesterfield. Randall's contract came to an end on 30th June and the news was released by Chesterfield yesterday that the former Burnley loan player would not be retained.
What it has done is given Cook a couple of months more to see who he might be able to bring in before making a decision on Randall and the same fate befell Zavon Hines yesterday as he received his release papers at Bradford City.
His departure from Burnley last summer was confusing. The club confirmed his signing from West Ham in August 2011 on a two year deal but in May of last year revealed that it was a one year deal with an option for a second year and that the second option was being taken up. It was two months later, in mid-July, that the decision was reversed. Hines was released with immediate effect.
That was on 17th July and in mid-August, after a successful trial, he signed a one year deal with Bradford City, but yesterday they decided not to keep him.
He played 41 games for the West Yorkshire club, of which 26 were starts, and scored twice. That included an appearance at Wembley as a substitute in the Capital One Cup Final.
With the Bantams having also won promotion he is now deemed surplus to requirements and manager Phil Parkinson said yesterday: "Zav did well for us last season, and we must thank him for his contribution, but he needs to go somewhere he is going to play regular first team football."
Source: Clarets Mad
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