Name: Russell Anderson
D.O.B: 25th October 1978, Aberdeen
Previous Clubs: Aberdeen, Sunderland, Plymouth Argyle(loan), Burnley(loan)
Signed by Owen Coyle
Contract: season long loan from Sunderland
Claret Debut: 30th April 2008, Plymouth Argyle (H), League, drew 0-0
Last Game for Burnley:
Picture courtesy of Burnley Football Club
Russell Anderson born and bred in Aberdeen who started his career at his home town club, and with almost 300 games under his belt in a 10 year spell at the the Pittodrie club.
Anderson was granted a testimonial for his services, players who give such long service are few and far between. Aberdeen played Everton in the testimonial, with the Toffee's winning 3-2, Anderson gave all the proceeds from the game to Aberdeen's youth set up.
. Russell Anderson who as club captain with Aberdeen insisted he wanted he would stay at Aberdeen for his entire career, but before the ink was dry on the papers Roy Keene came in with a £1million bid. An offer too good for Aberdeen to turn down, and Anderson became a black cat, but an ankle injury kept Russell out for 5 months and his time at the Stadium of Light, would have yet to start one start in the league cup and one substitute appearance was all he managed before going out on load to Championship Plymouth Argyle.
Anderson a Scottish International has represented Scotland 11 times, this would have been a much higher total but for his injury early in his Sunderland career
Plymouth saw Anderson play in 14 games of 2007/08, before a return to Sunderland. Now at Burnley, who had conceded 7 goals in 3 League games at the start of the 08/09 campaign have brought in Anderson to bolster the defensive line.
Anderson made his debut at the Turf against the team he finished the season previous Plymouth Argyle, and he looked the part as Burnley kept a clean sheet.
Anderson who has been handed the No24 shirt for his season long loan, Hopefully a contract will be in the offing as on his debut he showed what a good player he is, and the 1 million price tag seems totally just.
Against Fulham in the Carling Cup Russell's injury nightmare in English football continued, when on 12 Minutes he landed awkwardly which resulted in Knee ligament damage, which effectively rules him out for the season.
Coyle has gone on record saying that "I would love to bring him (Russell) here permanently when hes fit again".
In his five games at Burnley Russell has been fantastic, and has not been on the losing side in any of those games.
Russell stayed with Burnley for the entire season, with Burnleys staff working on his injury, he like Rhys Williams was present at the Play-Off final with the players, he was/is part of the most successful Burnley squad in years.
Russell was never offered a contract, he returned to Sunderland at the end of the season