Clarets land defender Phil Bardsley


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Burnley have completed the signing of defender Phil Bardsley from Premier League rivals Stoke City on a two-year deal.

The 32-year-old right-back has signed on for an undisclosed fee and becomes the second capture from the Potters this summer, following Jon Walters’ switch earlier this month.

So far boss Sean Dyche has brought in four new faces with midfielder Jack Cork and defender Charlie Taylor joining from Swansea and Leeds respectively.

Bardsley spent a brief time on loan with the Clarets in 2006, making six league appearances, and the former Scotland international is delighted to have made the move back to Turf Moor.

He told Clarets Player HD: “I’ve had different spells and different clubs since then and I’m delighted to be back.

“It’s a club that’s going in the right direction with a fantastic manager and a great group of players which I’m looking forward to being part of.

“It’s a well-knitted group which did fantastically well last year and hopefully I can bring something to the squad.

“There’s still fire in the belly to achieve things in football and what a great chance.

Coming back here and playing again at Turf Moor is going to be a great challenge and one I’m looking forward to.

“All the fundamentals are here, with the new training ground, the manager looking to kick on with the club and the players he’s brought in are very good players.

“I played with Jonny Walters and the brief chat I had with him, he couldn’t speak highly enough of the place.

I didn’t need much convincing, but it’s always nice to get re-assurances from people like Jon.

“He says he’s loving it and the same as me, I just can’t wait to get going.”

Burnley face a tough start to the 2017-18 Premier League season as they head to champions Chelsea in the opening round of fixtures.

The Clarets are 10.00 to take all three points at Stamford Bridge or 26.00 to win 1-0.

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