Dyche: Bardsley brings a wealth of experience

Burnley boss Sean Dyche is delighted with the signing of experienced Premier League campaigner Phil Bardsley.

The Clarets snapped up the 32-year-old former Manchester United, Sunderland and Stoke defender on Tuesday, on a two-year deal to end his three-year stay with the Potters.

Speaking after his side's pre-season friendly 2-1 win against Preston North End, Dyche said Bardsley was an important signing.

He said: "Phil brings experience. He knows the division and his way around it and he knows there’s a real competitive element to the squad and he’ll have to earn the right to play.

“We like players who have a demand about themselves and I think he’s certainly got that.

“He will know he will have to fit into the nature of the group, but there’s a manliness about him."

He added: "It’s all about that challenge of having a team and squad that can handle the Premier League, but the bigger picture of the club needs addressing too and that involves finding that right balance."

Bardsley, who has 13 Scottish national team caps, spent time on loan with, Royal Antwerp, Rangers, Aston Villa, Sheffield United and Burnley during his time at Old Trafford.

He becomes the club's fourth signing following the signing of striker Jon Walters, also from Stoke, Charlie Taylor from Leeds and Jack Cork from Swansea.

Bardsley revealed his delight at the move.

He told Clarets Player HD: "I’ve had different spells and different clubs since then and I’m delighted to be back.

“It’s a club that’s going in the right direction with a fantastic manager and a great group of players which I’m looking forward to being part of.

“It’s a well-knitted group which did fantastically well last year and hopefully I can bring something to the squad."

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