Arfield confirmed as Gerrard’s first signing at Rangers
Yesterday, Scott Arfield said a farewell to the Burnley fans at Turf Moor and today he’s at Ibrox Park having put pen to paper on a four year deal with the Scottish Premiership club to become Steven Gerrard’s first signing.
His new manager said: “I am delighted to have added Scott Arfield to the squad for next season. He is a talented and competitive midfielder who has competed at a high level in the English Premiership and internationally for Canada.
“It’s pleasing also that we have been able to start our rebuilding process so quickly after the end of the season. There is much more to be done of course as we look to build towards our Europa League campaign which will start in early July.
“Scott is the first one in and I look forward o working with him and the others who will be coming in to strengthen the squad.”
In an interview yesterday on the Turf Moor pitch, Arfield said: “It’s been quite an emotional day. The club has been magnificent to me and I feel so lucky that in the rise of the club, I’ve been quite pivotal in that. By far, in the years up to date, this has been the best five years of my career and I can’t thank the fans enough for sticking by us for so many years.”
He’d previously said in an interview with the club: “It’s been some journey. From when I came here I just wanted to grasp the opportunity, but I don’t think anyone could have realised the journey we’d go on in the subsequent five years.
“I consider myself very lucky that I arrived at a time when the club really kicked on under the gaffer. It was a privilege to be a part of. I look back with 100% affection and the five years I’ve been at Burnley have undoubtedly been the best of my career.
“I think I’ve had a great relationship with the fans because they know what I’m all about and I know what the club is all about. There have been so many memories, but I do feel it’s time to move on and hopefully try to recreate that somewhere else.”
And so it is Rangers, as I think we’ve known for some time: “The size of the club is the biggest pull, because obviously growing up anywhere in Scotland, or even in Europe, you realise how big those two Glasgow clubs are,” he said of his new club.
“At Rangers, where the only way is up, with the experiences I’ve gained at my clubs, I really do believe I can help take it back to the levels it needs to go to; back to Europe and winning silverware, cups and medals. I’ve had a taste of success and I want to go back and take that back up there.”
During his five years at Burnley, during which we have won two promotions to the Premier League and now look forward to a third successive season at the top table, Arfield has been instrumental in that, and that’s not forgetting the goal he put in a certain net in October 2015.
I’m sure, along with everyone with more than an interest in Burnley Football Club, I can thank him for everything he’s done for our club and wish him the very best in his new career back in Scotland.
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