Harley and Spicer join the ex-Clarets looking for clubs
By Tony Scholes
Updated Friday, 11th May 2012
The League One and League Two programmes ended last weekend and this week has seen those clubs issuing their retained lists and that's led to both Jon Harley and John Spicer being released by Notts County.
Both players joined Burnley on the same day in August 2005 as Steve Cotterill looked to build his squad, at the end of what was the first ever transfer window for Burnley.
Harley was, from day one, a regular in the team and kept his place for two years. Spicer flitted in and out but played only sparingly after the first season and never featured again after a red card at Ipswich in December 2007.
They arrived on the same day and they left on the same day too, with both of them being released by Owen Coyle at the end of the 2007/08 season following three years at Burnley.
Harley moved on to Watford before signing for Notts County two years ago. He struggled to get games this season at Notts and had a loan spell with Rotherham, but the change of manager at Meadow Lane saw him recalled during the last two months of the season and his departure maybe is something of a surprise.
Spicer meanwhile signed for Doncaster after leaving Burnley and he too joined Notts County two summers ago. He wasn't able to hold down a place in his first season and in 2011/12 he made only one league appearance, that as a late substitute in their draw at Tranmere in March.
Notts County had seventeen players out of contract but this week manager Keith Curle confirmed only four would be offered new deals with the other thirteen, including Harley and Spicer, being released.