George Boyd has signed a three-year contract at Burnley, and has immediately set his sights on helping them retain their Premier League status.
The Clarets were promoted to the top-flight after finishing second in the Championship last season, but they started their return to the elite with successive defeats to Chelsea and Swansea City. However, they were finally off the mark on Saturday afternoon, when they held Manchester United to a goalless draw in front of 21,009 at Turf Moor.
Sean Dyche had already added seven players to his squad since the end of last season, and he has now boosted his options further by taking Boyd from Hull City for an undisclosed fee. The Scotland international has signed a three-year contract with the Lancashire side, and he insists it was an easy decision to make once it became clear an offer had been made.
“I’m delighted to be here, I can’t wait to get started,” he told the official club website on Monday morning. “As soon I heard about the interest and spoke to the gaffer here it was a no-brainer for me. I think Turf Moor is an intimidating place to come for any away team, and we can use that atmosphere to make it a difficult place for teams to come.
“We did really well last year at Hull to stay in the league and get to an FA Cup final and I think to stay up will be the aim here too. There is a lot of experience in the squad and once you have had a taste of the Premier League it’s where you want to stay. We didn’t many who had played in the top-flight before at Hull but the longer the season goes on the more you enjoy it.”
Boyd, who can play in a variety of positions, joins Lukas Jutkiewicz, Marvin Sordell, Michael Kightly, Stephen Ward, Matt Gilks, Steven Reid, and Matt Taylor as Burnley’s new signings this summer. The former Stevenage Borough, Peterborough United, and Nottingham Forest (loan) player could debut at Crystal Palace on 13 September.
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