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Kev Thanks Cork For Meteoric Rise

14 July 2013

Clarets defender Long pays tribute to City's part in his career

Kevin Long insists he has Cork City to thank for allowing him to fulfil his lifelong dream of playing in England.

The Irish defender heads back to former club Cork on Monday night as part of the Burnley squad for the club’s second pre-season friendly.

And Long, who broke into the City side in 2009 after impressing at youth level, reflected on his time with the club ahead of his move to Turf Moor in the 2012 January transfer window

Chatting to Clarets Player from the club’s Cork-based training camp, the 23-year-old said: “Obviously I grew up here so I am very familiar with the place.

“I signed for Cork City when I was around 17 and broke into their first team and played around 15 games.

“It’s because of Cork that I got my move to Burnley, so I can’t thank them enough for that.

“It’s a real family club and everyone around the city works hard to keep the club ticking along.

Long, who is desperately trying to meet the family demand for tickets for Monday night’s game (7pm KO), added: “I am looking forward to it so much.

“I haven’t played there now for around four years, so I am really looking forward to seeing Turner’s Cross again!”

We will have news of the Clarets second pre-season game tomorrow right here on the official website. Kick off at Turner’s Cross is 7pm and tickets are priced at €13 for adults, €8 for Juveniles and €5 for Schoolchildren and Senior Citizens.

They are available from the club shop in Douglas Village Shopping Centre, online from Ticketmaster and will be available on the night outside Turner’s Cross.

Meanwhile, Burnley fans making the trip can enjoy a free pint on co-Chairman John Banaszkiewicz ahead of the game. Any fan wearing a Burnley shirt only needs to show up at the Beer Garden in Evergreen Road - around five minutes walk form the stadium - from 5:30 p.m. to enjoy a drink on the house!

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