Breaking news: Apologies to Burnley. Just heard all fans are en route as we speak to see the open top bus... pic.twitter.com/5E3gzE9Sla— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) May 4, 2014
Well this is awkward...
A tweet Joey Barton sent one year ago has begun to go viral on Twitter, as fans with keen memories dug out an old message he sent about new club Burnley.
The Lancashire club announced on their official website that the free agent has joined the club on a one-year deal after being persuaded by manager Sean Dyche, who added he was 'delighted' to snap up Barton.
At the end of the 2013/14 season, Burnley clinched the second automatic promotion spot behind Leicester City, leaving Barton's QPR with the tricky task of negotiating the play-offs.
Clearly riled up by either this, or boasting from Burnley fans on social media, Barton posted a picture purporting to mock up fans driving to see the teams celebrations, depicting them driving tractors.
It's water under the bridge now, and Barton had probably forgotten all about it.
When he took to social media last night he expressed that he was thrilled to join Burnley, who have been making a real investment in the transfer market to ensure they bounce straight back up to the Premier League after their relegation last season.
Delighted to have signed for @BurnleyOfficial A football environment I cannot wait to be a part.— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) August 27, 2015
Looking forward to getting amongst it again. Tremendous group of people at the club with ambition to be back in the PL. Can't wait.— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) August 27, 2015
Barton had been expected to join West Ham instead of Burnley, with The Mail writing just 12 hours ahead of the Burnley announcement that the east London side were to revisit their interest in his signature after releasing Kevin Nolan.
If they did make an approach for him, having turned him down earlier this month, Barton's show of faith in the opportunity at Burnley should be enough to see him make amends with fans... if he can produce the goods on the pitch.