Burnley defender pens new deal at Turf Moor

Clarets’ defender Phil Bardsley has agreed a new contract to keep him at Turf Moor until the summer of 2022.

Saturday, 6th March 2021, 10:33 am
Updated Saturday, 6th March 2021, 10:36 am

The vastly experienced full-back becomes the latest senior member of Sean Dyche’s squad to agree new terms.

Bardsley follows defensive colleagues Matt Lowton, Erik Pieters and Kevin Long in extending their stays after the trio – along with winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson – signed up at the end of January.

And with Jack Cork, Ashley Westwood, club captain Ben Mee and strikers Jay Rodriguez and Matej Vydra also penning contract extensions since last summer, the Clarets have secured the services of the core of their squad ahead of the 2021/22 season.

Phil Bardsley of Burnley walks up and prepares to take a penalty in the shoot out during the FA Cup Third Round match between Burnley and Milton Keynes Dons at Turf Moor on January 09, 2021 in Burnley, England.

Bardsley has faced healthy competition with Lowton for the right-back slot since his arrival from Stoke City in July, 2017.

Lowton is currently wearing the jersey but Bardsley has clocked up 68 appearances as a key member of the Clarets’ set-up.

And Dyche continues to see the former Manchester United, Sunderland and Scotland defender – who is closing in on 400 career club appearances – as an integral part of his plans.

“Bardo is a top professional. He is lean, fit and hungry,” said the Burnley manager.

“But he is old enough and wise enough to have that respect to look at Lowts and go 'he is delivering.'

“I think when players in front of you are delivering you have to bide your time and I think we have a healthy respect here for that kind of thinking.

“Players obviously knock on my door and want to play but sometimes they see it with their own eyes that the player in their position is playing well and therefore I am going to have to wait for my chance and be ready when it comes.”