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Burnley sign Michael Kightly on permanent deal

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Michael Kightly has joined newly-promoted Burnley on a permanent deal following his successful loan spell at Turf Moor last season.

The 28-year-old played a key role in club's promotion last season - playing 38 games and scoring five goals in the process - and has become Sean Dyche's first recruit of the summer, signing a three-year deal.

Permanent deal

Kightly, who was capped seven times by England Under-21, said: "As soon as we secured promotion to the Premier League last season, I wanted to make sure that I signed.

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"Coming in on loan is usually difficult but it only took a few weeks here to get settled and it is great to be a permanent Burnley player now, as opposed to a loanee.

"It took a while to get it over the line but now it is all secured I'm really pleased."

Non-league background

The Basildon-born player played schoolboy football for Tottenham Hotspur but was released and had to begin his career in non-league football before being picked up by Wolves, where he spent five years before being bought by Stoke City in 2012.

However, Kightly fell out of favour at Stoke and was sent out on loan after just one year at the club; but he regained his form at Turf Moor last season.

Speaking to the club website, he said: "At the tail end of last season I felt like I was getting back to my best and if I can carry that into next season then I will have a good campaign.

Tough start

"It'll be a tough start to the campaign with Chelsea at home but you can look at that in two ways and we'll certainly start with a positive mindset.

"People might write us off, but we're certainly not here to make up the numbers and hopefully we can surprise a few people again."

Burnley finished second in the Championship last season and will play in the Premier League for the first time since 2009-10 next term. But, as Kightly noted, they will begin their top-flight campaign with a tough home fixture against Jose Mourinho's Chelsea.

Relegation favourites

The Clarets are among the favourites to go down next season, but Dyche will be hoping his squad can defy the critics once again next year and have a serious crack at surviving against the drop.

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