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Striker Ashley Barnes, who had one year remaining on his existing contract, has extended his stay at Turf Moor by a further two years after penning a new three year deal today.

Barnes has been at Burnley for two and a half years but missed most of this season having suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in the last Premier League game of the 2014/15 season at Aston Villa.

1415 burnley ashley barnes 00 300x500He returned to action as a substitute in the 2-2 draw against his previous club Brighton and made one start, that coming in the 2-1 win at Birmingham.

Fully fit again, he said after signing the new deal: “It’s great to have it signed, sealed and delivered. It’s come around quite quickly over the summer so it’s good to get it done. The main thing for me is getting back fit. I showed that last year towards the end of the season but not to the best of my ability.

“This year it’s now up to me to crack on and hopefully cement a spot in the team. You want to try and progress to help the team in any way possible and I’m hoping that I can do that again in the Premier League.

“We know what a tough league it is, the best in the world and lucky enough we have got a shot at it to see what we can do.”

Barnes, who was the first player Sean Dyche signed for a transfer fee, added: “The gaffer and what he’s done for this club since he has been here has been brilliant and everything going on behind the scenes shows you it is heading in the right direction. I want to be a part of that so it was an easy decision to sign a new deal.

“All parties were happy because my family are settled here now so I’m looking forward to the next few years.”

I’m sure Burnley supporters will be delighted. There was a period in our last Premier League season when he was in outstanding form, none more so than the 2-2 draw at Manchester City when he scored our equaliser.

After the game that day, speaking in the City fanzone, Andy Hinchcliffe said: “Had Ashley Barnes been playing for City, City would have won.”

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