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Ashley Barnes, who joined Burnley in January 2014, has, Up the Clarets understands, extended his contract by a further year which will take him past nine years as a Burnley player.

He’d been linked with a move from Brighton in the summer of 2013 but nothing materialised, probably due to the lack of finance available at the time, but a share purchase option set up by director John Banaszkiewicz raised the funds to allow manager Sean Dyche to make his first transfer fee signing as Burnley manager in the next window.

He’s gone on to make almost 250 appearances for us in which he’s scored 47 goals. In the final game of last season he reached 200 Premier League appearances, second only to Ben Mee (217) and his total of 42 Premier League goals is bettered only by Chris Wood.

There is no doubt he’s had a difficult couple of years with injuries having ended the 2018/19 season and started the following season with a flurry of goals. He netted four in the first three games of that 2019/20 season but since there have been just six goals with three of those from the penalty spot.

But, fit again, he featured in each of the final six games of last season, starting the last three having been preferred to Wout Weghorst, scoring the penalty at Aston Villa in the penultimate game.

Having triggered a clause in his contract, it means Ashley Barnes will be a Burnley player for a further year.

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