Burnley Football Club is delighted to confirm the signing of Scotland international Phil Bardsley.
The vastly experienced defender joins the Clarets from Premier League rivals Stoke City for an undisclosed fee and has signed a two-year contract.
Bardsley, 32, becomes manager Sean Dyche’s fourth signing of the summer and second from Stoke following the recent arrival of striker Jon Walters.
And it means a return to Turf Moor for the former Manchester United and Sunderland right-back, who played six games during a month-long loan stay with the Clarets in the Championship in 2006.
“I’ve had different spells and different clubs since then and I’m delighted to be back,” Bardsley told Clarets Player HD.
“It’s a club that’s going in the right direction with a fantastic manager and a great group of players which I’m looking forward to being part of.
“It’s a well-knitted group which did fantastically well last year and hopefully I can bring something to the squad.
“There’s still fire in the belly to achieve things in football and what a great chance. Coming back here and playing again at Turf Moor is going to be a great challenge and one I’m looking forward to.
“All the fundamentals are here, with the new training ground, the manager looking to kick on with the club and the players he’s brought in are very good players.
“I played with Jonny Walters and the brief chat I had with him, he couldn’t speak highly enough of the place.
Phil Bardsley made his first Burnley appearance against Stoke City
“I didn’t need much convincing but it’s always nice to get re-assurances from people like Jon.
“He says he’s loving it and the same as me, I just can’t wait to get going.”
Having started his career alongside Clarets’ captain Tom Heaton at Old Trafford, Bardsley made 18 first-team appearances for United before spending six-and-a-half seasons in the Premier League with Sunderland and a further three with Stoke, where he signed a new 12-month contract earlier this summer.
The Salford-born defender – who has made 330 club appearances to date and been capped 13 times by Scotland – went with Stoke on their pre-season training trip to Switzerland but did not join Mark Hughes’ squad on their recent tour to France as he neared the end of his stay at the Bet365 Stadium, where he twice helped the Potters to ninth-place finishes in the Premier League.