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Dyche Firms Up Ireland Squad

10 July 2013

Striker Austin and trialist Arfield to travel to Cork

Sean Dyche insisted it was business as usual with Charlie Austin as the Clarets prepare to embark on the pre-season trip to Ireland.

Dyche confirmed that Austin, along with trialist Scott Arfield, will travel with the squad to Ireland following the dramatic collapse of his proposed move to Premier League new boys Hull City.

Dyche, who expressed surprise at the failed medical results - which indicated a problem with Austin’s knee - revealed that Austin wanted to play in the first pre-season game at the Globe Arena, which Morecambe won 1-0.

But the 24-year-old will rejoin his team mates ahead of Thursday’s flight to Cork, which involves a training camp and a game against Cork City on Monday evening.

Dyche revealed: “Charlie wanted to play last night, but it was my decision to say no and let things settle for 24 hours and then go to Ireland with us.

“We carry on as normal. The club have been good in making it clear. It’s not a position where we wanted to sell Charlie but we thought there could be people looking to buy him and that’s still the case.

“But he comes back into the fold and he will definitely be coming with us to Ireland.”

Hull had yesterday revealed details of Austin’s failed medical after the two clubs had agreed a fee for the Clarets striker, who scored 28 goals last season.

Dyche added: “There was something Hull weren’t happy with, so we will just have to manage that wisely and see what happens over the coming days.

“But from my point of view as manager you can imagine I am not too disappointed to have a 28-goal centre forward in the fold.

“Obviously it’s a strange situation for the lad. He wanted to have a chance to play in the Premier League and at the moment that one is not going to go through.

“But Charlie has always made it clear how much he enjoys his time here, so we carry on and get him back in the fold.”

Burnley went down to a late Kevin Ellison goal at Morecambe in a game that saw most Burnley players given game time.

Kieran Trippier, Marvin Bartley and Luke O’Neill were the only notable absentees, with Dyche indicating there was nothing untoward regarding their exclusion.

In a tiring game played in searing heat, the Clarets boss made sure his players all wore fitness monitors to give immediate feedback.

And he insisted that fitness and not the result was the main objective in the first run-out of the season.

Dyche explained: “My ethos is winning but there has to be a balance and last night was all about getting people through.

“It is really important that you come through these early games unscathed and it was a good work out, for which we thank Jim (Bentley) and Morecambe.

“We wanted to get as many bodies out there as we could, but it’s important they get game time.

“We had five young lads on at the end, who will all get a feel of it and understand the requirements and basics.

“It’s an important part of their development, but while we have this pre-season time when, of course, we all want to win and be productive, that’s not the be-all and end-all.
That comes when the whistle blows for real.

“We have to be careful and there is a lot of work to be done in Ireland now.

“There will be some hard physical work there building into the game and when we come back that’s when the team will hopefully start forming.”

Burnley Football Club and Clarets Player will be with the team throughout their six-day trip to Cork, bringing you all the inside track, interviews and highlights of the game itself as we build-up to the big kick off.

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