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Gray: Clarets Have Premier Quality

25 August 2015

New boy Andre Gray is convinced the Clarets have the quality to bounce back to the Premier League.

The Clarets’ record signing participated in his first training session on Monday after his move to Turf Moor late last week.


And the 24-year-old admits he is still pinching himself after a whirlwind couple of days that have changed his life.

Andre Gray at his first press conference

Gray said: “I’ve had a warm welcome from all the lads here. Everyone seems very grounded and humble.

“I’ve seen that already in a few days and that says a lot.

“Monday was my first day of training and not one player was off the mark at any point. You can see how the club has been where it has, through the hard work and quality that comes with that.

“The environment feels right and with the experience the manager has, I always knew I wanted to come here after I heard of their interest.”

Gray recalled a manic 24 hours after Burnley, long time admirers of the former Brentford striker, finally made their move on Thursday evening.

And it led to a surprise opportunity to say a farewell to the Bees’ squad on the eve of their Championship game at Turf moor.

“It’s been a surreal couple of days to be honest,” he laughed.

“It’s pretty scary how quickly it all happened. I got a phone call around seven-o-clock on Thursday night and pack my stuff and get up here.

“On Friday I ended up staying in the same hotel as Brentford, so I ended up bumping in to everybody in a Burnley tracksuit, which was weird.

“But I guess that’s part of the game and I do believe this is the best place for me to develop and kick on.

“I know I will have to adapt to the way Burnley play because they play a little differently to Brentford, but as soon as I settle into that, then I’ll be fine.

“I still have a lot to learn because I’m nowhere near the finished article. That was a massive part of me coming here; to learn.

“I want to follow in the footsteps of other great strikers who have been here and I think it’s possible if I keep my head down and keep working.

“But I definitely think I can give the team as much as they can give me.

“Hopefully I can stretch the pitch for them and get in behind and create as many as I score.”

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