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Boss Still Looking To Add

Competition key as Stephen Ward 'deserves' new deal

17 August 2017

Boss Sean Dyche is trying to increase the competition for places in his squad with the addition of more new faces ahead of the transfer deadline.

But he believes the summer business he has done has already raised the stakes.

And he feels the competition for the left-back slot is a case in point after rewarding current shirt holder Stephen Ward with a new deal at Turf Moor.

“It’s good for Wardy. I think he’s been a good servant to us and I think the fans have accepted what he is,” said Dyche after sanctioning a contract until June, 2019 for the Republic of Ireland international.

“I think he has got true competition now with Charlie Taylor and I think that can help him to continue what he’s doing and to put pressure on him, because Charlie has done well in pre-season.

“We want that real in-house competition and he has got that, but he is certainly deserving of his new contract.”

Taylor is one of five new summer signings Dyche has made.

Charlie Taylor joined the Clarets from Leeds United

And the Clarets’ chief confirmed he wants more before the end of the month.

“Our intention has been that all summer,” Dyche told Clarets Player HD. “We didn’t want to lose players, but there is a reality within that.

“We are in the market, we are looking and there are there certain situations we’re feeling quite positive about.

“We’ve done that before and then they go away but we’re hopeful we can get certain things done.”

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