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Walters Excited By New Challenge

11 July 2017

Jonathan Walters insisted joining Burnley was an “exciting challenge” that he felt he could not turn down.

The Republic of Ireland striker ended seven years at Stoke City last week to arrive at Turf Moor on a two-year deal.

And Walters vowed to give every ounce to the Clarets cause and enhance his prospects of playing in next summer’s World Cup.

He told Clarets Player HD: “I’m delighted with the move. I’d been at Stoke a long time – there’s only a couple of lads who have been there a bit longer than me -  but I just felt the time was right.

“Things change in football and circumstances change and I just thought the time was right. Stoke had an offer accepted and it was on my toes then.

“I hadn’t spoken to anyone at Stoke, but I spoke to the manager here and I was delighted it got finalised because I know a few of the boys here and that makes the whole thing easier.”

Dyche Walters

Walters, who has 49 caps for Ireland, added: “I see this as a new, exciting challenge and one I am looking forward to.

“I want to get to the World Cup with Ireland and that was in the back of my mind because it’s about club form first, and hopefully that will carry on,

“Burnley did ever so well staying in the Premier League last year; that’s difficult enough, but the second season syndrome can hit a lot of teams and we have to make sure that doesn’t happen here.

“If you stand still as a team you can almost go backwards.

“You have to keep the hunger in the squad because that’s massive. This is a huge year, but my first impressions are that everyone is raring to go again and there’s a good team spirit here.

“That adds a hell of a lot to the challenge we have ahead.”

Walters was a firm fans’ favourite in the Potteries, where he scored 62 goals in 269 appearances for City; netting double figures in four of his seven full seasons.

“I will give it everything and you’ll get every last ounce from me, wherever I play,” he promised.

“I can play in a number of positions and prefer playing up front.

“From Christmas onwards last year I think I played 10 of 11 games up front and scored four, then got a couple with Ireland, so that’s my favourite position.

“I’ll play anywhere across the front four though and there’s a lot of hard work ahead now to try and get in the team and do well.”

The first interview with Jonathan can be viewed now on Clarets Player HD. CLICK HERE for details.

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