Michael Keane says he is delighted to make his stay at Turf Moor permanent after signing a three-and-a-half year deal to join the Clarets from Manchester United, subject to paperwork.
England U21 defender Keane, who initially signed a loan deal until January on deadline day, has impressed at the heart of defence alongside Jason Shackell.
And having decided to call time on a 12-year stay at Old Trafford, the 21-year-old, who celebrates his birthday this weekend, feels it was the right time to move on and play regular top-flight football.
Keane said: “It feels good and I’m very excited to be here and obviously it was a big decision to leave a club like United where I’ve been so long.
“I feel it’s the right time to move on and I’m delighted to have the chance to do that here.
“I’ve been unfortunate at times where I’ve been on loan and could have got my chance in the first-team at United.
“But I’ve enjoyed my time here and I think it’s right for me to stay here because nothing is going to help my progression more than playing week in, week out in the Premier League.
“I’m happy to be here and I’m looking forward to working hard to progress in my career.
“If you’re coming through at a club like Manchester United you can stay there a bit too long.
“I think it’s the right time and I’ve spoken to a lot of people in the game who agree with me about signing on here.”
Keane becomes the first signing of the January window and having already settled into Lancashire life, the central defender is looking forward to improving under the tutelage of his new manager and former centre-back Sean Dyche.
He added: “I know the manager here is going to help me and I’ve been learning every week while I’ve been here already.
“Hopefully the fans can see that I give my all every week and hopefully I’ve impressed them so far.
“I can only see myself improving here under the gaffer and if that happens then I can become a better player.
“I love playing in the big games against the best players and there is nothing better for me than that.
“It was a great day for all the family when I signed last night and everyone was really happy for me and they’re all Burnley fans now!
“The focus now though turns to QPR and with my birthday on Sunday a victory would be a great early present.”