Date: 26th July 2017 at 9:11pm
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Stoke City right back Phil Bardsley has become Sean Dyche’s fourth additional of the summer at Burnley.

The 32 year old Scottish international comes in for an undisclosed fee and he’s signed a two year deal at Turf Moor. He obviously follows recent Stoke City signing Jon Walters and he returns to the club having had a six game spell with us across a month on loan back in the Championship in 2006.

Speaking to the Official Site after signing his deal, Bardsley was pleased to be back.

‘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.’

Bardsley went on to say.

‘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.’

He added.

‘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.’

With 13 caps for Scotland and 330 club appearances across spells with the likes of Manchester United, Sunderland and Stoke, he certainly ticks the experience box and that certainly appealed to Dyche.

‘Phil brings experience. He knows the division and his way around it and he knows there`s a real competitive element to the squad and he`ll have to earn the right to play. We like players who have a demand about themselves and I think he`s certainly got that. He will know he will have to fit into the nature of the group, but there`s a manliness about him and Jon Walters. They have been around the block a bit and know what the Premier League offers and some of the demands of it. That`s really important. We want competition and slowly but surely we keep adding to the group.’

Dyche went on to say.

‘We`ve done that now over a long period and that`s what we have to do; to keep trying to push the team forward, whether that`s by development of players from inside, which I mentioned at the end of last season, when players continue to mature, or whether that`s people coming from the outside. We got that bit more experience about the group now with Jon and Phil coming in and there`s a healthy mixture at the minute.’

He ended by saying.

‘It`s all about that challenge of having a team and squad that can handle the Premier League, but the bigger picture of the club needs addressing too and that involves finding that right balance. Are we still developing players, but have we still got the experience that can rub off on the younger players and we are always trying to find that.’

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