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Barton: I'll Give You Everything

1 September 2015

Burnley new-boy Joey Barton says he is enjoying coming to work every day since signing at Turf Moor.

The 32-year-old midfielder, who joined on a one-year deal last week, faced the media for the first time as a Claret earlier today at Gawthorpe.

And the former England international has praised the environment and ethos that has been built at the club – something which he is a long-term admirer of.

Barton said: “It’s a very pleasant environment and you feel like coming to work in the morning. I’m not being critical of other places I’ve been at by saying that, but there is a really nice feel to the place.

“It’s very welcoming to come and train here and there is a sense that it is a family club.

“The ethos that the club has got suited me down to the ground. I think I’m going to be a round peg in a round hole here.

“I’ll have to earn my spurs and I’m really looking forward to showing everyone what I’m capable of.

“Everyone here is geared towards improvement and that hasn’t always been the case at clubs I have been at.”

Barton, who is working on his fitness after spending pre-season without a club, was asked about his relationship with the Clarets fans, following comments he made on Twitter, following Burnley’s promotion to the Premier League, being resurrected.

And although he insists he still needs to win some over, he vowed to do his talking on the pitch.

He added: “I’ve said that Turf Moor is an intimidating place to come to as an away player and it’s a passionate ground.

“They’ve certainly singled me out in the past for a bit of stick in the past, and I like that. I’m not a player who is a shrinking violet.

“Coming to those grounds. as a player who can deal with, that means that might take the pressure off someone else who can’t.

“That spiralled into social media with the fans here, where I was getting a bit of stick. What sometimes gets lost on social media is irony and humour.

“I have a perverse sense of humour that sometimes airs itself on social media and I things that I find funny, people don’t!

“I wasn’t being offensive, I was just trying to stand my ground and fight my corner from Burnley fans who were passionately telling me we weren’t getting promoted with QPR through the Play-Offs.

“Now I’ve signed, people regurgitate those comments into one thing and it looks terrible, but one thing I do have is that every club I’ve played for they’ve loved me and I’ve loved them back.

“They’ll be some fans who aren’t happy with what I said and nothing I say will change that. I think performances on the pitch will though and the reason I’ve come is to get promoted back to the Premier League.

“I’m somebody who cares, somebody who tries and one thing I can guarantee Burnley fans is every time I pull the shirt on, they’ll get everything I’ve got in my body – that’s the only way I know how to play.”

Watch the full 20-minute press conference with Joey on Clarets Player HD HERE

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