16:30 21st July 2014
Clarets’ summer striking recruits Marvin Sordell and Lukas Jutkiewicz both admit that it was good to get off the mark in the 8-0 rout against FC Grossklein.
Both of the arrivals made their unofficial Burnley bows and helped themselves to two goals apiece in the victory over the Austrian part-timers after Ashley Barnes had lit the touch paper for a well-polished pre-season performance.
And whilst many feel pre-season is primarily about fitness levels for the campaign ahead, Sordell believes there is nothing wrong with getting into the habit of finding the net.
He said: “It’s good to get off the mark so quickly, I’m here now and I just want to work hard and do all I can to show the gaffer that I’m ready to get into that team and be a part of the group as well.
“At the end of the day, a striker’s main job is to score goals and that is what we’re judged on.
“I just want to be scoring as many goals as I can to help the team to win games.”
And naturally, Jutkiewicz, who jetted straight in to Austria after completing his move to Turf Moor last Tuesday, agrees with the notion offered up by his fellow frontman.
Jutkiewicz said: “It’s always nice to score goals certainly, these games are mainly about fitness but of course at the back of your mind you want to get off the mark.”
The friendly against FC Grossklein rounded off a productive week at the Clarets’ Bad Waltersdorf base, as the new signings got an ideal opportunity to bond with their new teammates both on and off the pitch.
Camaraderie was a cornerstone of the success in the 2013/14 season and the former Bolton Wanderers man Sordell is grateful of the welcome he has received since his Turf Moor arrival, something which has helped him to fit right in.
Sordell added: “I’ve settled down quite quickly to be honest, the group that is here is great.
“It makes it a lot easier than it could be to settle into a team environment.
“It’s been a good week, it’s been a tough week but it’s good to spend a lot of time with the lads and get to know them.
“All the hard work we’ve put in whilst we have been here can only stand us in good stead for the season.”
And despite joining the Austria trip later, ‘The Juke’ was also pleased to have been able to make the trip to mainland Europe, even though he arrived on the eve of what the players like to call the ‘gaffer’s day’!
“I was keen to come in before we went away on the trip because it’s a great opportunity to settle down into the group.
“It’s been a good week overall and it’s always good to bring good habits to the table and get a couple of goals as well.
“I’m glad we did it (the gaffer’s day), it’s something that he likes to do and it worked for the lads last season as well. It’s a mental challenge more than anything else!”