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Joey Barton: Burnley set to re-sign 34-year-old trouble maker

Joey Barton is set to re-sign for Burnley on a short-term deal until the end of the season, which has come as a shock for most fans. Barton, who has had a controversial career, has been training with the Clarets to build up his fitness after being exiled from newly promoted Scottish club Rangers in November. This is not the first time that Barton has played for Burnley; he recently left the club in May after helping them win the Championship and gaining promotion into Premier League.

Joey Barton passed up the offer of a two-year contract to stay with Burnley in favour of a new challenge in Scotland, however it didn’t bold well with the 34-year-old.  Barton arrived at the Ibrox to great fanfare, he thought very big of himself as he announced his intention of becoming the best player in Scottish football. Did he fulfil his intention? Sadly no, having featured in only eight underwhelming appearances for the club, a training bust-up and being caught betting on a number of football matches (games he weren’t involved in) forced him in parting ways with the Scottish club.

Trouble and Joey Barton seem to work in tandem with each other as this is not the first time the midfielder has been involved in a spot of trouble. Over the years, Barton has been regarded as the bad boy and can you blame him?  In his lifetime he has been arrested, carded on numerous occasions, fined, been involved in brawls and has played a part in several Twitter ‘wars’.

Burnley a good omen?

At 34, his playing days must surely be coming to an end and wouldn’t you want to finish your career on a positive note? I know I would, but this is Joey Barton, so who knows what’s going through his head. With this said, when I saw him play for Burnley, I must admit, they looked like his better days and he played some really good football for the club. To be honest, I was surprised that he didn’t sign that two year extension with the Clarets beforehand. Barton was voted Burnley’s fan’s player of the year last season, his first with the club, having played 38 league games in their Championship-winning campaign. Since his departure from the Scottish club, a return to Turf Moor always seemed on the cards and Dyche always refused to rule out a reunion with the bad boy. But literally two weeks after his Rangers exit was confirmed, he was already training at Burnley’s Barnfield training complex to maintain his fitness.

It begs the question whether or not he should have left Burnley in the first place because it was probably his most behaved season and arguably the season he produced the best football. Nonetheless he is now at Burnley, however, his second Burnley debut will be delayed though as he must serve a one-match ban for breaching Scottish Football Association betting rules. Do you think Barton can replicate the form produce from his first season with Burnley? Have a browse on Best Casino Deals and see what odds are coming up in relation to Burnley’s remaining fixtures.