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Kight Flies In

27 June 2014

Winger Michael becomes first summer signing

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has bolstered his midfield ranks with the signature of Michael Kightly from Stoke City for an undisclosed fee, subject to approval.

The 28-year-old winger, who played a key role in Burnley’s promotion to the Premier League during a season-long loan spell last season, has signed a three-year deal at Turf Moor and becomes the first signing ahead of the top-flight return.

And Kightly admitted the chance to return to Turf Moor on a permanent basis was simply too good to turn down.

He said: “As soon as we secured promotion to the Premier League last season, I wanted to make sure that I signed.

“Coming in on loan is usually difficult but it only took a few weeks here to get settled and it is great to be a permanent Burnley player now as opposed to a loanee.

“It took a while to get it over the line but now it is all secured I’m really pleased.”

Kightly ended the Clarets’ campaign in scintillating form and is now relishing the possibility of regular action in the Premier League.

He added: “At the tail end of last season I felt like I was getting back to my best and if I can carry that into next season then I will have a good campaign.

“It’ll be a tough start to the campaign with Chelsea at home but you can look at that in two ways and we’ll certainly start with a positive mind-set.

“People might write us off, but we’re certainly not here to make up the numbers and hopefully we can surprise a few people again.”

Basildon-born Kightly began his professional career in non-league football before making a permanent switch to Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2007.

During the 2008-2009 season he helped the Midlands club to promotion with eight goals and after a brief loan spell with Watford, working under Dyche, he moved on to Stoke City.

The former England U21 international joined the Clarets on loan for the entirety of the 2013-14 promotion winning season and contributed five goals in 38 games, including key strikes against Blackpool and Wigan Athletic.

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