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Kev's in for the Long haul

1 March 2013

Young defender signs new deal at Turf Moor

Defensive prospect Kevin Long has committed himself to the Clarets by signing a new contract at Turf Moor.

Long, in line for his fourth successive start at Charlton Athletic on Saturday, has agreed a deal running until June, 2015 with the option of a further 12 months.

“I’m delighted to have signed. I have enjoyed my time here and particularly since I have managed to get into the team in recent weeks,” said the 22-year-old Irishman.

“I had a lot to learn when I came but I have benefitted from all the loan moves I have had and it’s been great to have had the chance now to play for Burnley. It’s what I wanted.

“I just plan to keep doing the best I can and I am looking forward to the future here now.”

Long joined the Clarets from Cork City in January, 2010 and the following season gained his first Football League experience during a loan spell at Accrington Stanley.

The central defender clocked up more than 50 League starts during further stints at Accrington and in League One with Rochdale and Portsmouth before making his mark at Turf Moor this season.

After making a full debut against Watford in December, Long returned to the Clarets’ starting line-up to help a clean sheet against Middlesbrough in the middle of last week and has since impressed in further outings against Brighton and Huddersfield Town.

However, he is yet to finish on the winning side after two draws and two defeats since getting his first start under Dyche – a record he is determined to put right at the Valley tomorrow. 

“From a personal point of view I am delighted to be in the team and playing games, but we are not picking up results so it’s disappointing,” Long added.

“But I think bar the Huddersfield game the other night we have played well and if we play like we did against Middlesbrough and Brighton we will start picking up points again.

“Everyone is committed and positive today in training so hopefully we will get a win on Saturday.

“We will go into it believing we can win and we know if we play as well as we can we are good enough to get the three points.”

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