Clarets loanee Michael Keane says he is delighted to finally be at Turf Moor after his first day of training with his new team mates.
hour switch.thThe 21-year-old central defender spent the international break with Gareth Southgate’s England U21 side, completing a full 90 minutes in both qualifying matches against Lithuania and Moldova following his 11
And after boss Sean Dyche made a late deadline day dash to their St George’s Park base in a bid to secure his services, Keane was in no doubt that he was heading to the right place to further his development.
Keane said: “I’m really glad to be here and I’ve been excited to join up with the squad ever since I heard about the move.
“My first day has gone really well and obviously I’ve met all the lads so I’m starting to settle in nicely.
“It was a late one, I didn’t know much about the move until about 5 o’clock when I got a call off my brother saying that Burnley were interested.
“Once I’d heard that I jumped at the opportunity to come here on loan to try and help Burnley do well and for my personal progression in terms of game time in the Premier League.
“The gaffer came down to St Georges Park to see me and he convinced me it was the right place to come and after speaking to him I was in no doubt. I’m happy to be here.”
Keane is no stranger to loan deals, having spent time at Derby County, Leicester City and Blackburn Rovers in the Championship.
The move to the Premier League is a natural progression following on from those, and having played against Burnley on a momentous day at Blackburn Rovers six months ago, Keane knows exactly what is expected of him should he be thrust into first-team action.
Keane, left, following Jason Shackell's headed equaliser at Ewood
He added: “I’ve had three loans in the Championship and done well and this is the next step up for me.
“Hopefully I can prove to everybody that I am good enough to play in the Premier League.
“I’ve played against Burnley a few times and it was tough so that will help in knowing what is expected of me when I’m in the team.
“I know the central defender pairing here have started really well so I’m not expecting to go straight into the team, I’m going to have to be patient.
“In the meantime I’ll be watching those players and looking to learn from them all the time.
“They’re both very experienced and they can help me every day in training and when I’m playing alongside them.”