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Walters Ready for Champions' Challenge

New signing Jon Walters undaunted by trip to the Bridge

10 August 2017

Jon Walters is ready for business as he stands by to make his Burnley bow at the home of the champions.

Summer signing Walters is in line for a Clarets’ debut at Chelsea on Saturday as the Premier League season gets under way.

And while an opening-day trip to Stamford Bridge could be viewed as a daunting start, Walters believes the timing may be just right as he looks to hit the ground running.

The Republic of Ireland international said: “You know it’s hard work in pre-season. It’s always the same, whichever club you’re at.

“It’s about getting fit and getting through injury-free.

“Now it’s down to business. It’s a different feel to the week.

“You wake up on a Monday morning in the week leading up to a Premier League season and you can’t wait to get going.

“It’s a tough start, but one we’re relishing.

“Sometimes it’s a good time to play the bigger teams, early on in the season.

“Perhaps they haven’t gelled as much, or made the signings they want.

“It’s a difficult game, but it’s only a team of 11 names and hopefully we will go out there and put on a good performance and get a result we want. Bring it on.”

The fixture computer has not been kind to Burnley with four of their first five away games pitching them against last season’s top four sides.

But Walters is no stranger to winning personal and collective battles from a seven-season stay at Stoke City, which ended in July with his switch to Turf Moor.

And the vastly experienced frontman will again be up for the fight as Sean Dyche’s side bids to get early points on the board.

“You get written off. I think as a player I have been as well, down the years, many a time,” added Walters, who went from the top-flight with Bolton to League Two with Wrexham and Chester City before bouncing back as a proven Premier League performer with the Potters.

“It’s always nice to prove people wrong. People might look at you and you’re not a fashionable name.

“But there are good players here and the title of underdog might suit you going into games.

“That might be the case, but that’s not what we’re feeling inside the building.”

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