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Ever-Present Cork So Proud

Midfielder ends season in select group after helping Clarets hit new high

13 May 2018

Marathon man Jack Cork looked back with pride at a monumental season’s work after ending the campaign as an ever-present in the Premier League.

The Clarets’ midfielder – who captained the side for the final seven games of a season that saw Burnley finish seventh in the table to qualify for the Europa League – played every minute of the 38 league games.

And that put the 28-year-old in a select band of just five outfield players, and 10 in total, to never miss a moment’s action for their team.

“I’m very proud. I was hoping the manager didn’t take me off towards the end!” said Cork after the Clarets signed off with a 2-1 home defeat to Bournemouth.

“I don’t think I’ve done that before and it’s a big achievement which I’m really proud of and proud to have done it in this team with these boys.

“I’m going to need a good summer’s rest now!

“It’s tough work and it’s a good compliment I’ve played that many minutes.

“There have been tough periods and around Christmas we had a tough run then. But we kept going and stuck to it and stuck in there in seventh.

“I’m looking forward to a rest now but I’m really excited to get back. It will be about two weeks and I’ll be dying to get back into it.

“Playing in Europe is always something I wanted to do. I wasn’t sure if I’d get that chance, so I can’t wait and I’m dead excited for it.”

Cork was a key player in helping the Clarets achieve their highest league placing since 1974 as he earned the chance to put European football on his career CV for the first time.

His performances this season also saw the former Chelsea, Southampton and Swansea City man win a first England cap.

And his contribution on and off the pitch since signing from the Swans last summer has also reinforced the level of popularity he built up in two previous loan spells at Turf Moor.

“It’s been great. You never know what it’s going to be like in a Premier League season,” Cork told Clarets Player HD.

“We had a great start and just kept going from there. It’s been a really enjoyable season for us and I’m sure the fans have enjoyed it.

“It’s a good club. It’s not changed really since when I was last here.

“The facilities have, but it’s the same sort of base and the same sort of mentality.

“It’s really easy to come into and hopefully people coming in in the summer will feel the same way.”

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