ASHLEY Barnes insists he joined Burnley to fulfil his dream of playing in the Premier League.
The former Brighton striker, 24, made his debut as a late substitute in the Clarets 2-1 victory over Yeovil Town.
And Barnes admitted he was delighted to join a club that he believes can challenge for the top flight.
He said: “The move has been on the cards since last summer really and I am just glad it’s gone through and I can start a new chapter in my career.
“The gaffer was a big draw for me, but I needed a new challenge in my life.
“I had a fantastic time at Brighton and hopefully played my part in getting them where they are today, but it’s a fresh start now and what really secured it is I want to be in the Premier League.
“This group of lads can be in the Premier League and I want to help get them there.
“That’s why I chose Burnley and I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t believe we could do it.
“Everyone wants to get there, but I see this as a big chance and I want to help get them over the line.”
Barnes watched as strikers Danny Ings and Sam Vokes took their combined tally to the season to 33 with strikes in each half at Huish Park.
And he admitted it would be tough to displace the deadly duo as Burnley secures second spot with a sixth away league win of the campaign.
He said: “They were great goals by Danny and Sam today and I am here to hopefully help them get better and score more goals.
I realise how difficult it is to get in the side and I’m not worried by that.
“The lads were saying the bench was a lot stronger today with Kights and everyone back and the whole team is getting stronger as we all compete for places.”