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1920 burnley ashley barnes v southampton 1000x500Ashley Barnes, now the third longest serving player at Burnley, has today put pen to paper on a new deal that could keep him at Burnley until the end of the 2022/23 season.

Barnes was already under contract until 2021, but his new deal gives him a guaranteed year to 2022 with the option for one further year.

Clearly delighted with the news, Barnes said: “I’d like to see out my playing days here. At this moment in time I don’t see anything else for me and I just want to continue playing at the highest level possible, and hopefully that is with Burnley.”

He added: “I just want to carry on playing and I want another contract after this. When you’re in your 30s people say you’re almost done, but for me I want to play as long as possible. I’ve still got a lot to learn and a lot to achieve and I want to stay in the Premier League until I retire.”

Barnes, who celebrated his 30th birthday last week, has been a Burnley player since January 2014 with only Kevin Long and Ben Mee having been here longer. He was the first player Sean Dyche paid a fee for.

He made his debut as a substitute in the 2-1 win at Yeovil on 10th January 2014 and scored his first goal later that season in the 3-0 win at Charlton, adding two more before the end of the season, the only goal in the 1-0 win at Barnsley and the first in the promotion clinching 2-0 win against Wigan.

He’s now gone on to score 39 league goals for us, with all the other goals coming in the Premier League in 175 appearances.

Speaking about it this afternoon, Dyche said: “We’re really pleased Ashley has signed. It’s another step in the right direction for the club. He’s been a really good signing and we felt he was a player who could improve, and he has. We want to safeguard the club the best we can and it is a good sign for the club to keep players like him here.”

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