George Boyd says he is raring to go for the Clarets’ Sky Bet Championship curtain-raiser against Leeds United on Saturday.
The flying winger is likely to be an integral part of Sean Dyche’s side this season as they aim for an immediate return to the top-flight.
And the player of the year feels the squad can draw upon the experience of playing against world-class opposition from last term when the season kicks off at Elland Road.
“We can’t wait. I think every football fan in the country is looking forward to the start of the season on Saturday and we’re no different,” he said.
“Playing in the Premier League last season gives you that drive to succeed and get straight back there. That’s where everyone wants to be and it’s massive around the world.
“I think we’re better for the experience of playing against world-class players and the pressure of that can only help us in trying to get promoted.
“The Championship is a lot more brutal and physical. It’s a tough division but we showed last season that we can mix it so I think we’re suited for that.
“We’ve got a lot of Championship experience in our team as well so we know what it’s about.”
A trip to Leeds United, who are under new management in Uwe Rosler, offers a tough start to the 2015/16 campaign.
But Boyd believes it offers perfect opportunity to start the season to lay down a marker in front of a sell-out crowd.
He added: “That’s the great thing about it; that they’ll be 30,000 there and it will have a Premier League feel.
“The fans are brilliant down there and I’m sure we’ll take a good following as well so we can use that to our advantage and hopefully get off to a good start.
“The start is important as if we can get up there at the top before the international break then it is something to build on.”