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Dyche: Fredrik Fits The Mould

12 March 2015

Sean Dyche has revealed it was Fredrik Ulvestad’s seamless adaptation into the group that convinced him to bring the Norwegian international to Turf Moor.

Ulvestad joined Burnley on a deal that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2018, having spent two weeks training with the Clarets last month.

And while the new arrival will not be involved in the matchday squad immediately, the Burnley manager has been impressed with how quickly Ulvestad has fitted into the team.

Meanwhile, Dyche also confirmed that the signing could be credited to the club’s recently extended scouting network.

He said: “Freddie is a player that we had the fortune of working with for two weeks.

“I’ve spoken this season about the will and demand to open the guidelines of our recruitment side of the club and he’s part of that.

“He came to us through the recruitment side and we were lucky enough to get him in.

“He wanted to come in and both myself and my staff liked what we saw in him and I think he liked what he saw back.

“I think it’s a good way of doing business because he got a chance to look at us and we could look at him.”

Dyche added: “He’s fitted in straight away and that was probably the key thing.

“I wouldn’t call him a trialist because we knew enough about him. For us it was more a case of assessing what he was like close and personal.

“He fitted in straight away and that’s a marker in itself because sometimes players who are with you and are not part of the group look like they’re not part of the group!

“But he’s fitted in seamlessly straight away and we thought there’s more to come from him. That’s why we signed him!”

Dyche added: “He’s one of those players who has good experience for a young player in a league that is not Premier League standard.

“Of course he’s played international football at varying levels too, but I think there’s more to come from him at this level and working with us.

“He will definitely need to adapt to new surroundings, on and off the pitch. There is a change in his life culturally and there will be an adaptation period for sure, let alone with us, but to get a feel of what it is.

“He’s been to a couple of games, so he knows how we operate and how the Premier League operates.

“At the moment we’ll be getting him involved with the training schedules and used to what it is to be here and we’re looking forward to him working with us and developing him further.”

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