FORWARD Cameron Stewart is delighted to get the opportunity to get more games under his belt at Burnley.
The 21-year-old signed on loan until January from Hull City on Friday, and started in the 3-1 defeat at home to Brighton the following day.
The Tigers turned down a £1.5m offer from Leicester in January, and his old Tigers boss Nigel Pearson came back in for him in the summer, only to be rebuffed.
The former Manchester United youngster was also linked with Celtic, but has found himself struggling for starts under Steve Bruce so far this season, and he explained: “Leicester made a bid for me in January, and over the close season my agent spoke to a few clubs but I decided to stay at Hull.
“Obviously with Steve Bruce coming in he’s changed a few things and he’s changed the system. We’ve been playing a back five – or 3-5-2, however you want to put it – so I could see myself not playing a lot of games.
“I think we both thought together that it would be a good idea for me to go out on loan and play a few more games.
“I’m still only 21. I had a long injury and then came back, so for me to be spending a lot of time on the bench wasn’t really ideal.
“I wanted to come out and try to get some more games.”
Asked whether there was a chance of making the move permanent, he added: “I spoke to the gaffer here and if I really enjoy it here and he enjoys having me then it could be.
“I spoke to Steve Bruce and he said come here for six months and then we’ll review it in January.
“I’ve still got almost two years left (under contract) with Hull so we’ll wait and see what January brings.”
The England Under 20 international already knows a few faces at Turf Moor, and he goes way back with one in particular: “I’ve played against Tripps (Kieran Trippier) a lot of times as a young boy in the youth team at United, and then through the reserves, and even at Hull with him being at Burnley.
“I know Tripps quite well.
“It’s mainly the United v City connection.
“I must have signed for United at 12 and I’ve played against Tripps from being 13 all the way up to around 19.
“Even after we left those clubs the rivalry’s carried on.
“With him being right back and me being left wing it’s been a bit of a head-to-head with us for years.
“I can’t say it’s always been rosy!”
He was pitched straight into the action, lining up on the left hand side against Brighton, having not trained with his new team-mates: “I was in training with Hull on Friday morning and then I had to shoot down the M62 to try to get to Turf Moor in time to sign to play on Saturday.
“To be honest I didn’t really expect to play, but I did so I was very grateful for my start. But it was a difficult game in the end.
“I hadn’t trained with the lads at all. I only met them on the day of the game but I know them now and we’re all comfortable together.
“It’s the first time I’ve not trained (with a new team) and gone out and played.
“Even when I went out on loan to Hull I had two days of training before I played.
“It wasn’t such a big deal but it was a tough game.
“I shook hands with the lads. I’ve played against them before so there were one or two that I knew.
“I knew a few names but I still had to introduce myself and get to know a few of the lads.
“But it was a tough start.
“We know Brighton are a good side.
“For me personally I didn’t get as much of the ball as I’d like to, so it’s a disappointing result.
“With the international break coming up hopefully we can get three points against Peterborough after.”
He now has the best part of a fortnight to acclimatise and hit the ground running against the Posh: “It might be good for some of the lads to have that break from football and get their head around losing on Saturday, and then get back into it with Peterborough.
“It’s a young, strong squad. The gaffer knows the way he wants to play.
“I haven’t got to see how things are working on the training ground yet, but it looks a strong squad.
“Three losses on the bounce in the league obviously isn’t very good, but hopefully we’ll pick things up after the international break.
“We all have to rally together, pick ourselves up and get ready for Peterborough”.