Marvin Sordell insists he will emerge from a “difficult” spell to get his career back on track at Burnley.
The Clarets new signing admitted the burden of a multi-million-pound move to Bolton Wanderers two-and-a-half-years ago, at such a young age, was one he struggled with.
But after a season spent on loan at Charlton Athletic, the former England U21 striker believes he is now ready to take his career on to the next level.
Sordell, 23, told Clarets Player: “I’ve had a difficult couple of years where I haven’t really been settled, but I’m glad this move has come about because I can work hard, get my head down and show people what I’m about again.
“I’d say at the time of the move to Bolton the fee did weigh a little heavily on my shoulders.
“I was only 20 years of age and it felt like there was a bit of pressure on me, but looking back it’s probably a good situation that I’ve gone through that so early, and I’m over the moon to be here now.
“I want to come here and work hard and show people that I’m a good player.
"For any player, playing in the Premier League is what you want to do and you want to be at the top for as long as possible.”
The Clarets’ latest signing is reunited at Turf Moor with his mentor, Clarets boss Sean Dyche, who helped nurture the young striker’s talent at Watford and, eventually, led to his big money move to Bolton.
Sordell said: “My first encounter with Sean was when I was about 16 and he was Youth Team Manager at Watford. As I progressed at Watford he did the same, so I know him very well and he’s obviously an excellent manager.
“He’s done very well for this club and now I want to come here and do well for him.”