Ashley Westwood is looking to end a memorable season on a high in his new ‘home’.
Westwood’s efforts have helped the Clarets secure another season of Premier League football and earned him individual honours as the both the club’s official and players’ Player of the Year.
And the midfielder – who is topping the Clarets’ assists and in line for his 31st league start of the season in Sunday’s finale against Arsenal – admits he hasn’t enjoyed his football as much for a long time.
“For me it’s probably been the best season I’ve had since breaking into the team at Crewe,” said Westwood, whose first taste of regular League football came almost a decade ago.
“I think coming here I’ve found a real home and it suits my game.
“The gaffer has got me playing forward quicker and the front lads know my game inside out and I know theirs.
“I know what runs their making and it all fits at the minute. Long many that continue.
“When I first came in it was stop-start. Now I’ve got a good run of games and I will always work hard for the team.
“I think as long you do that here the fans will stick by you, no matter how you are playing, as long as they see you working hard. That’s what kind of club it is.”
Westwood has bounced back to life following his arrival from Aston Villa in January, 2017.
Having waited for a regular starting slot in the centre of the Clarets’ midfield, the 29-year-old has seized the moment this season as a key man in Burnley’s revival.
And his performances have made him a fans’ favourite, who has picked up a host of end-of-season awards voted for by supporters.
“The town is all Burnley and they support this team through thick and thin,” he added.
“They stuck with us when most fans wouldn’t and that shows the rapport we’ve got with the fans.
“It was Bournemouth away that really stuck out for me. The song they sang with my name; I’ve not had that since Crewe.
“Coming here I’ve found a real home and I thank them for that.”
Westwood and his team-mates will say farewell for the season at Turf Moor on Sunday afternoon.
And he hopes they can sign off on a winning note with a first win in four games against an Arsenal side which may be feeling the effects of their Europa League semi-final win in Valencia on Thursday night.
“We know what it’s like, flying back from playing in the Europa League, but they’re an experienced group of guys and if they do make changes, whoever comes in it will be tough for us,” said Westwood.
“But we will be working hard and will give it our all to get three points and finish as high up as we can.
“We gave it a go at Everton. We had a slow start, which we didn’t want, but came out fighting in the second half.
“In the Chelsea game we did well, and we took City right to the wire and we want to do that again.
“If we finish the season strong, I think that rolls onto next season and the fans will be with us.”