Tendayi Darikwa says he can’t wait for the season to get going after his first taste of action for the Clarets against Bradford City.
Darikwa enjoyed an eye-catching debut in front of a near 5000 Turf Moor crowd in Michael Duff’s testimonial as Dyche’s side ran out 2-0 winners.
The former Chesterfield man was grateful for the warm welcome he has received at the club and he feels he is ready to make the step up to the Sky Bet Championship.
“I loved it. It was my first time playing at the stadium and the fans gave me a warm welcome and I’m grateful for that,” he said.
“I joined the squad on Thursday and trained on Friday and from the second I walked in, Michael has been one of the people that has took me under his wing. I’m glad he got a good turnout on Saturday.
“It was a bit of a quick one so I didn’t even wear my own boots! The first session could have gone horribly wrong but thankfully I managed to get back home and get my stuff.
“After speaking to the manager and the board members it was a no-brainer really. I want to try and help the club back to the Premier League because I think that’s where we belong.
“I can’t wait for the season to start. Obviously I’ve plied my trade in League One and Two and I feel like I’m ready for the step up.”
Competition for a starting berth at right-back is rife with fellow summer addition Matt Lowton and youngster Cameron Dummigan both vying for a starting spot.
And Darikwa is fully aware that it will not be easy breaking into a team he feels contains a plethora of quality.
“I’ve still got a lot to learn but hopefully the management staff and the players can help me improve quickly so I can be in the team.
“It’s always great to learn off experienced players and hopefully I can break into the team as soon as possible.
“I knew first and foremost there were a lot of quality players at the club but I wouldn’t have joined if I didn’t think I was capable of playing in the team.
“I’ve signed on the basis of trying to break into the team but with the competition, I know it’s not going to be an easy job.”