Sam Vokes has described team mate Michael Duff as one of the best value signings in football ahead of the defender’s Testimonial match against Bradford City on Saturday (3pm).
Striker Vokes, who joined Burnley from Wolves in 2012, has struck up a rapport with veteran Duff, both on and off the pitch.
The 37-year-old cost the club £30,000 when he arrived from Cheltenham Town in 2003 and he has since helped the Clarets win promotion to the Premier League twice.
He has made a total of 358 appearances, making him joint 15th with Derek Scott in the club’s all-time list.
“Duffo has had a great career and to be still be playing at the top level now is credit to him and his family,” Vokes said.
“It’s no surprise that in both of Burnley’s best teams in recent years he has been heavily involved.
“It’s great that the club have given him this Testimonial and nobody deserves it more because when you look at how much he cost and what he’s gone on to do, it’s hard to think of a better value footballer.”
Duff and Vokes are part of the same car school, travelling into training together.
While it is normally strike partners who form an almost telepathic understanding, Vokes said he has built one with Duff, despite him doing most of his best work at the other end of the field.
“I have got to know Duffo very well, spending so much time on the M60 with him and he is a great lad, on and off the field,” Vokes said.
“It’s great to have him around and we’ve had a few good duels in training and I also played against him when I was at Wolves, when he likes to think he had the upper hand!
“People often talk about strike partnerships, but I have a bond with Duffo on the pitch when I know where he’ll be and what he’s going to do, which is a very good quality to have.”
As he approaches his 12th season at Turf Moor, Duff is showing little sign of slowing down and Vokes said he sets a great example to young players.
“If I can move half as well as Duffo when I reach 37 I’ll be buzzing!” Vokes said.
“He has excelled in all the fitness testing again this pre-season and is always near the top of the running we do, so he is showing no signs of slowing down yet.
“He looks after himself off the pitch and his passion for the club and for the game in general comes through every day.
“When you see the amount of money that’s spent on players now, it was great to see Duffo playing against so many big names last season and doing so well against £10 million strikers, showing he thoroughly deserved to be there.”