Charlie Taylor signs new Burnley contract
Left-back Charlie Taylor has committed himself to the Clarets until the summer of 2024 having signed a new deal.
Taylor first became a Burnley player in the summer of 2017 but he had to wait a while to make his Premier League debut because of the form and consistency of Republic of Ireland international Stephen Ward. That league debut came in a 1-0 home win against Stoke on the night we went fourth in the table, coming on as a substitute for the injured Ward and he kept his place for the next ten games while Ward recovered.
Last season, however, he played in all 38 Premier League games, starting all but three of them, and by the end of the season had become very much first choice. A pre-season injury cost him his place at the start of this season with new signing Erik Pieters establishing himself, but he got his first start just over a week ago against West Ham and has now committed to a longer stay.
His initial contract was for four years and was due to come to an end in the summer of 2021, but he’s added a further three years to that deal and is now contracted to Burnley longer than any other player.
He said on completing the deal: “I’m delighted. I feel it’s a very stable club. It’s been in the Premier League now for a few years. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here so far and I’m looking forward to the next few years ahead. The next few years are hopefully the peak years of my career. I’ve signed up to Burnley to spend them here and hopefully the best years are to come.
“Ever since I made my debut in the Premier League I’ve wanted to stay here. I think once you have a taste of the Premier League you don’t want to go anywhere else. We have been in the Premier League since I arrived and that’s where I want to stay.”
He’s been frustrated by that wait to get back into the side this season and added: “I’ve said before that all any professional wants to do is play. It’s been frustrating at times, but it’s also been worth it. We have a very competitive squad, which bodes well for now and the future, and I’m delighted that I’m going to be part of it for the future.”
Taylor has now made 63 appearances for the Clarets since signing from Leeds with 52 of those in the Premier League.Follow UpTheClarets:
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