Scot aims to impress at TurfScott Arfield admits the luck of the Irish rubbed off to earn him a fresh start with Burnley.
The Scottish midfielder impressed Clarets boss Sean Dyche during the club’s recent training trip to the Emerald Isle.
And a goal in the friendly game at Cork capped a successful trial and could well have been the crucial factor in earning the 24-year-old former Huddersfield Town ace a two-year deal and another crack at the Championship.
Arfield said: “I was in training for a week ahead of going to Ireland and when the gaffer asked me I was delighted to be a part of his plans there.
“We had a gruelling few days there and then I managed to pop up with a goal in Cork to cap things off.
“Contract talks started after that and I was delighted to get is signed. It was a long two months over the summer (following his release from Huddersfield), but to be honest I couldn’t have hoped for a better club with the fan base, facilities and geographically.
“The boys have been so welcoming too, so it has been so easy to settle in.”
Arfield played a huge part in Huddersfield’s rise to the Championship just over a year ago. But after finding regular starts harder to come by last season, he is relishing the fresh challenge of forcing his way into the first team at Turf Moor.
He explained: “I am only 24 at the moment, so at this stage of your career you want to be playing games and scoring goals.
“It stagnated over my first year at Huddersfield. I was a regular and towards the end I was playing here and there, so hopefully I can knuckle down here, get a good number of games under my belt and show the fans what I can do.”