Sean Dyche believes that Jack Cork adds precious Premier League depth to his squad.
Dyche moved swiftly to follow up the signing of the vastly experienced Jonathan Walters by securing the services of Swansea City skipper Cork.
And the Clarets boss reckons the 28-year-old, who has made 159 appearances in the top flight at Southampton, Swansea and in a previous loan at Turf Moor, will prove to be a vital cog in the machine.
He said: “We want depth in the squad and we want good competition and I think Jack definitely bring that with his experience in the Premier League.
“We felt a player of that type, who was available to us, was a really good acquisition for the club now and for the future.
“I was working with the development squad at Watford when Jack came down on loan when Brendan Rodgers was the manager.
“I know what a good character he is and everyone at Burnley will know, arguably better than me, because of the last time he here.”
Dyche, who plans to give Walters, Cork and fellow new boy Charlie Taylor 45 minute debuts in Friday’s friendly against Shamrock Rovers, added: “I use the word sparingly if I can, but we like the idea of players growing in our camp.
“Some have just had a little bit more at other clubs they’ve been at. We like that mixture and we want that open mindedness from a player where the Premier League is new or, for some of our lads it’s just a second season.
But I still think you need that bit of experience in the group. I thought we needed that all along, and this is the third Premier League season at the club under myself.
“We’re really pleased to get Jon in with a real depth of experience, and Corky likewise, but on the other hand we have Charlie coming in as a newcomer, who will learn from us and learn from what it is in the Premier League.
“That’s a healthy balance for now and for the future of the club.”