Sean Dyche believes that a new contract will allow Dean Marney to relax and make sure he comes back fighting fit and ready to help ignite Burnley’s season.
The fit-again Clarets midfielder has signed a new two-year contract to replace the existing 12-month deal remaining on his present deal.
And boss Dyche feels that security, in line with the long-term planning of player retention and recruitment, gives the 31-year-old the freedom to concentrate on completing his comeback from a cruciate knee injury sustained in February.
Dyche said: “We try to put things in to place at many different levels.
“Development squad players have come into the club for money, which is the first time for many a year that we’ve spent on a second-phase player who is growing for the future.
“That’s along with our own players, of course, who have come through the system.
“Then you add in the new players and some considerable financial outlay, along with the growth of the players with you and Dean has been one of those players.
“He has done well for this football club, even before my time here, and I think he’s been terrific.
“He is on his way back from a knee injury and we all know how fit he is. We just want him to be settled because there’s that old one where he might tempt himself to come back a bit quick and we’re almost having to keep the reins on him a little bit.
“This (contract) gives him that nice clarity to get on with things now and make sure he comes back just the once.”
Marney, who joined the Clarets in 2010, intimated he would have happily signed another five year deal at Turf Moor, such was his delight at extending his stay.
And Dyche added: “There is a difference between being happy and being too comfortable and Dean is happy.
“He demands every day, as do the group, so we are delighted he has signed a new deal.”
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