Two-time Super Bowl champion Malcolm Jenkins has bought a minority stake in Burnley, who were acquired by ALK Capital in December 2020.
The US-based company, fronted by chairman Alan Pace, bought an 84% stake in the Clarets last year, injecting much-needed funds into a side who have staved off relegation over the years while operating on a comparatively shoestring budget.
Jenkins, who plays for New Orleans Saints and is a two-time Super Bowl winner - with the Saints in 2010 and the Philadelphia Eagles in 2018 - has now bought into the club, and explained his reasons for doing so in a statement on Burnley's official website.
"I'm excited to enter this new relationship," Jenkins said. "Burnley is known for its tenacity, work ethic, good sportsmanship and efficient operational infrastructure.
"It’s a great fit for me personally and my company to invest in the growth of the sport alongside a historic organisation that aligns with our company values.
“I think the club’s doing a great job with some of the updates around the stadium and to see the vision of where they want to go in creating a venue that’s not only a great place to come and watch a game is really exciting.”
Jenkins was in attendance at the Etihad Stadium as Burnley lost 2-0 to Premier League champions Manchester City, and watched the game with chairman Pace - who added his delight at welcoming a high-level sportsman with a passion for business and philanthropy.
“It was great to welcome Malcolm and his team to Turf Moor at the weekend and give them their first live taste of Premier League action," Pace remarked.
“Malcolm has a wealth of high-level experience, not only as an elite sportsman, but through his successful business and philanthropic enterprises. We’re thrilled to have him as part of our investment group and look forward to him helping our efforts to develop the club both on and off the pitch.”
Source : 90min