Clarets Player sat down with striker Charlie Austin during the club’s pre-season training trip to Cork, following the collapse of his proposed move to Hull City.
The following is a transcript of the interview.
Q: It’s been a tough time for you Charlie. How are you feeling?
“I was disappointed at the move not going through because obviously I wanted to play in the Premier League, but I am back here now at Burnley and I have work to do. I thought I was going to the Premier League and that is where I wanted to be. Obviously that has fallen through, so hopefully I get the chance again, whether it will be with Burnley or someone else.”
Q: The gaffer gave you a few days off in light of what happened. What went through your head at that time?
“At first, if I’m honest, I spoke to the gaffer on the way back from Hull and said I wanted to train on the Tuesday and then play (at Morecambe). He told me not to and to go home and spend some time with my family. I went back and to be honest the first day was hard. I just wanted to be on my own and go away from everybody for half an hour and then I wanted to be around people. It was a weird and surreal feeling to be honest and one I can’t really explain.”
Q: What conclusions did you draw during that time?
“I realised I am a professional footballer and I need a pre-season behind me to get fit. I had not left Burnley Football Club yet, so I came back and the manager, the coaching staff and all the lads were all very welcoming. Now I need to get myself fit for the new season.”
Q: Most Burnley fans were resigned to losing you to the Premier League. What does the future hold now for Charlie Austin and how do you try to get over that disappointment?
“Try and score 30 goals next year! Obviously I am professional athlete and I have to get over that disappointment of what happened. But I have a job to do here and I have to work hard and get myself ready for the season.”
Q:Do you feel like you are here for the season?
“It’s not one for me to answer to be honest I am here now and after all that has gone on I am not worried about that any more. I just want to get out on the pitch and play as many pre-season games and train as many days as I can.”