New signing insists Sean Dyche was lure to Turf Moor
Michael Kightly has credited Clarets boss Sean Dyche with “rebooting” his career.
The Stoke City wide man linked up with his Clarets team mates for the first time on Thursday after sealing a season-long loan to Turf Moor within three minutes of Monday’s 11pm deadline.
Kightly, 27, admits to being frustrated at a lack of action at the Britannia Stadium following last summer’s move from Wolverhampton Wanderers, where he suffered several injuries that curtailed appearances.
But the former Molineux favourite insists his injury woes are now in the past and, after enjoying a loan spell under Dyche at Watford in 2011, is looking forward to playing with a smile on his face again.
Speaking to Clarets Player, Kightly said: “In the season Wolves got promoted (2009) I played virtually every game and then two years later I had knee problems that I struggled to get back from.
Kightly with former Wolves team mate and Clarets midfielder David Jones
“But I went to Watford and that rebooted my career really.
“I went back to Wolves and played again and that got me my move to Stoke.
“Last season I didn’t miss one training session all season and was in every squad.
“I think I played just under 30 games and I’ve done that back-to-back for two seasons now, so I am definitely fit and don’t class myself as coming back from injury any more.”
Kightly, who will wear squad number 17 at Turf Moor, added: “I’m delighted to be here.
“I haven’t played as much football as I would have liked over the past year, so I want to come here and play and enjoy my football again.
“Obviously I’ve played under the gaffer before and I know what he’s all about, so it was an easy decision to make for me.
“I have made some decisions previously that probably haven’t worked out, but coming here and working under this manager and his staff, I know exactly what I am getting and that was a massive thing for me.
“There’s a difference between playing and enjoying it. I know this gaffer likes his players to express themselves and enjoy playing and when you do that you get the best out of your players.
“That’s something I’m looking forward to getting started with - and once I am match fit, I can hopefully show the crowd what I can do and help contribute to the good start Burnley have made.”
On target v Burnley in 2007