Chairman Mike Garlick hails the arrival of Steven Defour.Hello everyone and what a game we have in store today.
For many folk my age, Liverpool were the team you grew up admiring and although it’s a while since they were at the pinnacle of the English game now, their appeal, both here and around the world, shows no sign of diminishing.
To go out on a level playing field with such an establishment is always a proud moment for us and I’m sure our players will again do us proud.
The opening game here last weekend again showcased Burnley Football Club on the global stage and I felt a little aggrieved that we didn’t come away with some reward for our efforts.
Thankfully, our off-field efforts did come up trumps with the capture of Steven Defour from Anderlecht.
I know eyebrows were raised in some quarters that we secured the services of a player with well over 40 international caps to his name and with experience of playing at the very top level in domestic football, through the Champions League.
A lot of hard work has gone on behind the scenes to secure such a player and the fact we were prepared to pay a club record fee is evidence that we will spend when the right player becomes available.
However, it’s important that we stick to our targets in looking to strengthen the squad. I know Sean has said it many times, and I echo the sentiment, that it’s not just about bringing players in for the sake of it.
We have to look to constantly evolve the club in a structured manner and I remain confident that before the transfer window closes in a few weeks’ time, we will have added more quality to the squad.
I’d also like to offer the thanks from the Board of Directors to midfielder David Jones, who left us this week to join Sheffield Wednesday
David played a big part in our two promotions to the Premier League and has been a mainstay of our midfield for three seasons now. I am sure he will always be assured of a warm welcome back here.
Onto cup matters, and what a great draw for both ourselves and Accrington Stanley in the EFL Cup.
The first competitive meeting between the two clubs is another special occasion and with no travelling distance involved for our fans it should help our near neighbours financially, so everyone is a winner there.
Hopefully, we can come out on top and look to progress in a competition that provides a realistic chance of success.
Get behind the lads