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1718 burnley ashley barnes 01 500x500We thought today was all going to be about the England squad but it’s also been an outstanding day for striker Ashley Barnes who has signed a new long term deal with Burnley until the end of the 2020/21 season.

Barnes had another season beyond this under his existing contract and has been subject to speculation recently with a number of clubs supposedly keen to sign him, but he’s ended all that with this new deal.

He’s just scored in each of the last three games for Burnley but admitted: “I think I am playing some of my best football, but I’ve still got a lot to come. I’m still learning. I learn every day on the training ground. I knuckle down and try do to the right things and keep taking on information from the staff and it’s paying off.

“Come the end of season who knows where we’ll be and if we can still be where we are now that would be huge credit to all the lads. This has capped off a good year with eight games still to go and I’m delighted it’s done.”

It’s over four years since he signed him from Brighton when Sean Dyche paid a transfer fee for the first time as Burnley manager. He had to wait patiently for his chance given the form of Danny Ings and Sam Vokes but he’s more than established himself at Turf Moor now and could soon be getting his own international call up with Austria.

It’s more positive news coming out of Turf Moor on the back of Saturday’s big win and the international calls and it is good news to know that Barnes is going to be with us for another three seasons beyond this one.

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