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Dunne and dusted: Ireland U21 defender heads to Hearts after signing new Burnley contract

The 20-year-old has agreed a deal to extend his stay at Turf Moor until June 2020.

Dunne during international duty for Ireland.
Dunne during international duty for Ireland.
Image: Oisin Keniry/INPHO

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND U21 international Jimmy Dunne has signed a new contract with Burnley and will join Scottish side Hearts on loan to gain experience.

The Premier League side has announced that the 20-year-old Drogheda-born defender has agreed a deal which will extend his stay at Turf Moor until June 2020, with the option of a further 12 months.

He will now join Hearts until 7 January, having scored the only goal in a pre-season friendly between Burnley and Cork City in July.

“The new contract gives me not only security, but a chance to be part of a club that is really progressing and has been on the up for the past few seasons,” Dunne told Burnley’s official website.

“For me to remain part of that is a massive thing for me and my development.

“I will still be in contact with the coaches at Burnley and this time next year hopefully they will see me in a higher position than this summer.

“Hearts have been unfortunate with injuries, particularly at the back, and I feel lucky to have been able to get this deal to hopefully help plug the gap and play in some huge games.

I know that Hearts have been off to a great start and they’re going to look to continue that run, so I just want to be a part of that.

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“It’s a club with an amazing fan-base and seems similar in philosophy to Burnley, which should help me fit in really well.”

Dunne, who is yet to be capped at senior level for Ireland, joined Burnley in 2016 after leaving Manchester United. He was involved at first-team level with the Clarets during pre-season, featuring in friendlies against Preston North End, Montpellier and Espanyol.

He is yet to make a competitive appearance for Burnley but played first-team football on loan at Barrow and Accrington Stanley last season.

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