Jack Cork says securing another season of Premier League football represents a ‘massive achievement’ for the Clarets.
And the midfield man believes Burnley have proved they belong among the elite after lining up a fourth successive campaign in the top tier.
The Clarets’ Premier League status was assured over the weekend, with Sean Dyche’s men remaining fifth in the table and nine points clear of the relegation places with two games to go.
And that means another footnote in club history for the current squad, who will become the first in close to 50 years to play four successive top-flight seasons at Turf Moor thanks to their successful survival mission.
“It’s a massive achievement. That was always our goal from last season,” Cork told Clarets Player HD.
“When people asked after we qualified for Europe: ‘what are your goals for next year?’, it was always to stay in the Premier League, no matter how we did it.
“It’s just a shame we weren’t successful in the first half of the season but in the second half we showed it wasn’t lucky last season and we are a good team when we’re all at it.
“We’re a club that feels like we’re a Premier League team now. We have got good quality in the team and we can produce against the top sides, which we’ve shown in the second half of the season.
“We feel like we belong here, and we need to keep doing that, keep improving and make sure we stay in it year on year.”
The Clarets’ place at the top table came under threat during a poor run in the first half of the campaign following the foray into Europe which was the reward for last season’s seventh-place finish.
With only 12 points on the board from 19 games, Burnley were stuck in the bottom three at the end of 2018.
But an eight-match unbeaten run lifted them clear before another burst of 10 points from four games ahead of Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to title favourites Manchester City completed the job.
“There have been a lot of people who have worked really hard,” added Cork, who has missed only league game in another season of un-stinting effort in the middle of the park.
“We were working hard in the first half of the season, but it just wasn’t clicking, and we weren’t getting results.
“We had a lot of big teams in December where we were doing okay but not getting results and then we got a bit of a smashing from Everton and it turned around from there.
“It’s taken 100 per cent everyone, including the people at the club who are not directly involved in the squad, and the fans and it’s been a great achievement.”