Jay Rodriquez thrilled with Clarets return


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Jay Rodriquez has expressed his delight having returned to Burnley from West Brom seven years after leaving Turf Moor.

The 29-year-old, who scored 31 goals in 105 league appearances during his first spell with the Clarets, left for Southampton in 2012 but has now been snapped up by Sean Dyche to bolster Burnley’s attacking options.

Rodriguez has re-joined Burnley for an initial transfer fee of £5million, with another £5million to be paid to the Baggies next summer. Rodriguez came through the youth team ranks at the Lancashire club but joined Southampton for £6m and went on to score 26 goals in 104 league games for Saints.

“I really enjoyed my time at West Brom and made some great people and friends for life there. Every club I’ve been to has meant a lot to me and I think I’ve grown from the experiences, but I’m here and ready to go and it’s all about the work now,” said the forward.

Rodriguez found the net 29 times in 82 league games for Albion having signed on at the Hawthorns two years ago in a deal worth £12m. He has penned a two-year contract with Burnley, with the option for a third year, and has vowed to make the most of his Turf Moor return.

“I’m excited to get back. To represent your home-town club in the Premier League is a dream for any lad and I’m going to grasp that with both hands,” he added.

Burnley are 2.75 to be relegated from the Premier League this season.

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