Date: 28th June 2014 at 7:33am
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Burnley have secured their first signing ahead of the club’s return to the Barclays Premier League. Michael Kightly on his return from honeymoon put pen to paper this week joining Burnley from Stoke City for an undisclosed fee. The transfer fee was thought to be in the region of £1 million. The 28 year old winger was widely expected to join on a permanent basis following a successful loan spell last season and indeed his contract contained a clause that would allow such a move if the Clarets gained promotion to the top flight which they duly did! Kightly scored three goals and made five assists in 36 Championship appearances for the Clarets last season helping them gain automation promotion and finish runners-up to Leicester City. He has signed a three-year deal at the club

‘As soon as we secured promotion to the Premier League last season, I wanted to make sure that I signed,’ Kightly told the club`s official website.

‘Coming in on loan is usually difficult but it only took a few weeks here to get settled and it is great to be a permanent Burnley player now as opposed to a loanee.

‘It took a while to get it over the line but now it is all secured I’m really pleased.’

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