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Duff Hungry For Seconds

2 July 2014

Michael Duff is relishing the chance for a second stab at the Premier League after extending his Turf Moor stay for another year.

The 36-year-old defender, the sole survivor from the Clarets squad relegated from the top flight in 2010, insists the club can surprise their doubters second time around.

And Duff, who has signed a new 12-month deal, hopes to play his part in a season to remember for Sean Dyche’s men.

He said: “I spoke to the manager at the end of last season and he said he wanted to keep me. Since then it’s just been a case of sorting out the details.

“I wanted to stay, obviously, because it’s another chance in the Premier League and following the season we had getting there last season.

“It took me until I was 30 to get there the first time around and then I was injured for the first three months.

“That, and getting relegated, made it a disappointment, so to get another opportunity at 36, when you think it may have gone, was something to grab with both hands - and with the team we had last season, plus a few additions, I’m sure we can kick on and surprise a few people.”

Duff, who last season completed his 300th appearance for the Clarets, to add to a further 300 at former club Cheltenham, added: “Last season I played every game I was fit and felt I probably had my best season here. 

“I still feel fit and although people might say that at my age I should be retiring, as a lot of my mates have, I feel good.

“The physical data we get from every game comes back and I’m no better or worse than anyone else in the team, so I feel I look after myself and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

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