33-year-old England footballer Dale Stephens has revealed he learned of his release from Premier League club Burnley this summer via social media. Stephens joined Burnley in September 2020 but has been sidelined most of the time, playing just 10 games for the side, across two EPL seasons. Meanwhile, in a recent chat with talkSPORT, Stephen said he discovered his exit from the club on Twitter.
Dale joined Burnley in 2020 after a move from Brighton and signed a two-year contract with the team, which was up for renewal this summer. However, the contract was not extended and it ended up expiring at the end of June. Although it was disappointing for the player not to get a contract extension, the way he learned about development certainly left a sour taste in his mouth.
What was said?
According to talkSPORT, Stephen said: “I actually found out, weird as that is and probably sums up my time there, on Twitter, of all places, that I wasn’t getting a new contract. It’s weird really. I knew that anyway before my contract expired. That’s when they (Burnley) released it to the press and I just saw on my Twitter feed that me and a few other guys were released at the same time. So there hasn’t been a lot of dialogue in terms of contract offers and so on. It was a clean break, which sometimes isn’t a bad way to go about it. At least you know where you are in the long run.”
A look at Dale Stephen’s career in club football
During his time with Burnley, Stephens made a total of 14 appearances for the club, 10 in the EPL and a further four FA Cup appearances. It was certainly a new low in his career, as he joined the team with a great reputation. The central midfielder played a total of 223 games in all competitions for Brighton from 2014-2020 and also scored 15 goals.
Rising through the ranks through the Bury FC U-18 side, Stephens made his senior debut for Bury in 2007. He then played for teams including Droylsden and Hyde FC on loan, before joining Oldham Athletic in 2008. He has then went on to play for Rochdale and Southampton on loan until 2011, before moving to Charlton in July 2011. He played a total of 90 games for Charlton from 2011 to 2014, before loving Brighton.