SAINTS SWOOP FOR FORMER CLARET
Duane Courtney
Duane Courtney signs in at Saints with general manager Ian Williams.
THE New Saints have swooped for defender Duane Courtney who was previously with Championship outfit Burnley.
A former team mate of TNS frontman Alfie Carter at AFC Telford United, 21-year old Courtney played with Derby County as a schoolboy, before joining Birmingham City as a trainee.
He received Telford's player of the season award in 2004/5, which drew attention from League clubs, with Burnley beating Wolverhampton Wanderers to his signature for a fee of £27,000.
Courtney, who made eight appearances for the Clarets decided to pursue a career in the Welsh Premier and sees the league, with its route into European competitions, as an ideal shop window in which to develop his career and showcase his talent.
"We are fully committed to the development of young players at the club," says TNS managing director Mike Harris. "Duane was impressed by our training camp at Ellesmere and our ongoing development of state-of-the-art facilities at Oswestry's Park Hall, which compare more than favourably with those he has experienced in the Championship."
"He believes that joining us is a major step forward in developing his football career" added Harris.
20 September 2006