Former Clarets striker Jay Rodriguez has thanked Burnley fans for their support during last weekend’s FA Cup tie against Southampton.
Rodriguez faced his hometown side for the first time since leaving for St. Marys 18 months ago and scored to help knock Burnley out of the cup, but refused to celebrate.
And the Saints striker is hoping that the positive start Burnley has made this season will lead to the club achieving promotion and a reunion next year.
The former Barden High School pupil said: “I’ve got friends who came down to see me but they were in the Burnley end.
“They will be disappointed with the result but it will be nice for them to see me playing, so I think they will be chuffed in that way but gutted for the result.
Rodriguez, now a full England international who is tipped to be in contention for a World Cup place, added: “I've got to show my respects to Burnley.
“They have brought me a long way; it's where I'm from.
“I still support them and still look out for them; I think it was good to show respect.
“It felt strange coming on against the lads but it was nice to see them and nice to see the Burnley fans.
“I appreciate the welcome they gave me, and the support I have had since I left.
“I obviously still miss home, that's part of it, but they (friends and relatives) enjoy coming down here a lot and it's nice to be living in a great place."
Rodriguez, 24, was suitably impressed by what he saw from his ex-team mates and believes there is no reason why Burnley can’t be promotion contenders and return to the Premier League.
He said: "Ingsy (Ings) and Vokes are on fire at the moment so there is no surprise they have got on the score sheet.
“They caused us a lot of trouble and they showed why they are scoring lots of goals.
“They are a solid side and they have got great attacking forwards, you have always got to be wary of Burnley.
“Hopefully we can meet again next season in the Premier League, they have got the belief.”
“Burnley have always got the fight and it was no surprise they pulled it back.”