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Duff: We're Laying The Foundations

9 July 2015

Clarets defender Michael Duff believes the squad are laying the foundations for a successful season at their Evian base.

The 37-year-old, who has recently signed a new one-year deal with the club, is entering his 12th season at Turf Moor.

And having being happy to dispel any outside doubts about his career longevity with performances in the Barclays Premier League last term, he is still motivated for more as the squad go again.

Duff said: “I was happy to get the deal done. It wasn’t really a case of any negotiations, it was just the fact that there were a few ins and outs with regards to the restructuring of the club so it took a little bit longer than we thought.

“I didn’t think I’d be here this long when I signed, obviously I was 26 at the time and I’ve definitely been here a lot longer than what people thought!

“But I’m still motivated, I want to be here and the run we’re about to do in training proves that you don’t do this for fun, you do it because it’s hard work.

“I’ve still got things that I want to achieve in my career so there is still that burning desire to carry on.”

The Clarets are being put to the test in soaring temperatures in France ahead of their friendly with Etoile Carouge on Friday evening (6.30pm kick-off).

Duff, speaking of the intensity of training, added: “It’s tough but there are worse ways to earn a living, particularly with this backdrop that we’re in. It’s a little bit of hard work and a little bit of sweat but we’re professional footballers and this is what it entails.

“This is where you work hard and hopefully build the foundations for another successful season.

“There is a lot of expectation so it will be a bit different to the last time we went up but we’ve got to deal with that.

“We had to deal with being written off all the time last season and having come down you’re going to be one of the fancied teams.

“But I think this league has proven in recent years how difficult it can be. You’ve seen teams that have come down and gone down again, teams like Fulham who have spent £12m on centre forwards and not bounced straight back.

“We’re under no illusions and we won’t be waltzing into games thinking we were a Premier League team this time last year so we should win this.

“That’s the good thing we’ve got here is that most of our players have played in the league for most of their careers. We’re fully aware of what we need to do.”


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