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'Debutant' Gray Hungry For More

23 May 2017

Andre Gray believes there is more to come from him as a Premier League striker as he takes stock of a first season among the elite.

Gray (above with Premier League representative Paul Lake) scored nine league goals from 26 starts, and a further nine appearances from the bench, as he played a key role in helping the Clarets sustain their top-flight status.

The former Luton Town and Brentford man also struck once in the FA Cup to make it double figures in all - just three seasons on from his days in the National League with the Hatters.

Jeff Hendrick made his first Premier League appearance as a substitute against Hull City at Turf Moor

And he feels the lessons learned over the past nine months will stand him in good stead when he returns for another campaign with the Clarets after his summer break.

"I've jumped up four or five leagues in three years so I was never going to come into the Premier League and win the Golden Boot, I don't think," admitted Gray, whose 23 goals in his first season at Turf Moor spearheaded the Clarets' 2015/16 promotion success.

"It's about learning and I think I've learned a lot. A lot of it is mentality and I'm hungry to get better.

"I've got a lot to work on. I think I've got a good base and it's just tuning things up and hopefully I can step on and do a lot better, like I did when I was in the Championship.

James Tarkowski got his first taste of the Premier League at Chelsea in August

"I think it's good I can look back and think that I could have scored more and done better.

"I will come back fit and ready again and learn from my mistakes this year and work on what I can do better."

Gray is one of four 'home-grown' Burnley players to have received commemorative footballs from the Premier League to mark their first appearances in the league during the 2016/17 campaign.

The 25-year-old was presented with the memento - along with Jeff Hendrick, James Tarkowski and Dan Agyei - by PL representative Paul Lake, the former Manchester City midfielder and Clarets' physio.

"It's another nice thing to put on the mantelpiece," added Gray, who earlier this season received the signed match-ball for his hat-trick in Burnley's 4-1 win over Sunderland.

"Four or five years ago I never thought I'd be in the Premier League so it's a nice reward. It's been a good season overall."

Dan Agyei made his Premier League bow as a late substitute against Liverpool at Anfield

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