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Hendrick Ready To Take Next Career Step

31 August 2016

Record signing Jeff Hendrick insisted this was the right time to cut his ties with Derby and compete in the Premier League.

The Republic of Ireland midfielder joined the Clarets on deadline day for an undisclosed fee, after spending eight years with the Rams.

And Hendrick admitted that after a whirlwind summer in France at the European Championships, he was looking forward to taking the next step in his career, after the international break.

The 24-year-old, who caught a flight back to Dublin as soon as the deal was complete, told Clarets Player HD: “Derby have come close to the Premier league in recent years and it’s been hugely frustrating.

“It’s a hard league to get out of but we have given it a good go and I’m sure the lads still there will be giving it a good go and will still be hungry to get up, but I just felt it was the right time for me now to go and play there.

“The Premier League was a big draw for me and it’s where I aspire to be after the summer I’ve had.

“Burnley did so well last year, going unbeaten for five months, and how much they have looked to get me in this summer was a real positive for me.

“I know there have been a number of bids and I was sitting there waiting for one to be accepted and get the deal done.

“I would have preferred it to happen earlier to and get to know your team mates and coaching staff a bit more, but I am just thankful it’s done now and I can go away with Ireland knowing my future is settled.”

Hendrick, who will wear number 13 at Turf Moor, added: “Sean (Dyche) was a big influence too.

“We had a chat and I talked to a lot of players who have played under him, such as Jason Shackell, Lee Grant and Chris Baird, and heard nothing but positive things.

“You know they are going to be honest with what they tell you - and I was happy with what I heard.

“People have told me I’ll work hard, but that I’ll enjoy it and that’s the main thing because I’m here to work hard and get results.

“It’s a little weird signing for a club and not meeting everyone for more than a week, but I am really looking forwards to getting back and training with the lads.

“You want to get in and find out how they train and get used to being around them. I know that will be tough but I’ll talk to Stephen Ward and I’m sure he’ll give me some insights!”

Hendrick’s arrival means Burnley have now smashed their transfer record twice in a matter of weeks, following the arrival of Belgian international Steven Defour.

But the Dubliner insists he feels no added pressure from the price tag, insisting: “It doesn’t carry any added weight for me.

“Obviously I am going to be told it’s a record fee but for me it’s all about training hard and getting ready for the games and not dwelling on the fee too much. I just have to focus on performing.”

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