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The news leaked out yesterday from his wife Tanya that Phil Bardsley had signed a one year extension to keep him at Turf Moor for a further year.

Back in June last year, when we turned up at Manchester City with half a squad, it looked as if Bardsley had gone, one of the players out of contract at the end of last season who weren’t involved that night.

Things quickly changed. He signed a new one year deal which enabled him to be part of the squad for the remainder of the season and through this season and although he hasn’t played quite so often this season he’s still been very much part of the squad which has seen him sign this latest deal.

Bardsley, who made his Burnley debut back in 2005 at Stoke while on loan from Manchester United, signed permanently for us in the summer of 2017 and has gone on to make 57 Premier League appearances for us, the last of which coming as a late substitute for Charlie Taylor in the 3-0 win at Crystal Palace.

Sean Dyche said of him after he’d penned this last deal: “Bardo is a top professional. He is lean, fit and hungry, but he is old enough and wise enough to have that respect to look at Lowts and go ‘he is delivering’. I think when players in front of you are delivering you have to bide your time and I think we have a healthy respect here for that kind of thinking.

“Players obviously knock on my door and want to play but sometimes they see it with their own eyes that the player in their position is playing well and therefore I am going to have to wait for my chance and be ready when it comes.”

Bardsley has played Premier League football for five clubs in his career having been with Aston Villa on loan from Manchester United and then moving to both Sunderland and Stoke before signing for us. He will now be a Claret until June 2022 at which point he’ll have reached the age of 37.

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