Burnley captain Graham Alexander leaves Clarets

Graham Alexander

Coventry-born Alexander scored 24 goals for Burnley

Burnley captain Graham Alexander has left Turf Moor after having the final year of his deal at the club cancelled by mutual consent.

The 39-year-old joined the Clarets from Preston in August 2007 and became the second outfield player to reach 1,000 career appearances in English football.

The former Scotland international began his career with Scunthorpe in 1990 where he made 197 appearances.

He joined Luton Town in 1995, before moving to Preston four years later.

Alexander, who had one year left on his contract, helped Burnley win promotion to the Premier League for the first time in their history in May 2009.

The Coventry-born defender made 141 appearances during his time at the club but he was the only professional in the Clarets squad not to start a game under new manager Eddie Howe.

Howe had previously told BBC Radio Lancashire that Alexander remained in his plans for the coming Championship season.