Ben Mee Signs Turf Moor Contract Extension
Clarets captain Ben Mee has extended his contract at Turf Moor after triggering a clause in his contract that will keep him at Turf Moor until the summer of 2022. Mee, has recently became the twenty first player in the clubs history to make 300 league appearances and he now has the opportunity to add even further appearances to prolong his Clarets career.
Mee, who initially moved to Turf Moor on loan from Manchester City in July 2011 before making the switch permanent six months later said, “I feel at home at the club and to have been here as long as I have has been fantastic. Taking the armband this year has really cemented that for me. It feels good to extend my stay here and hopefully we can keep progressing how we have done. I’m excited for what we can do and what we can achieve.”
A former England Under-21 international he has twice been a promotion winner under manager Sean Dyche at Turf Moor. He has since been a key figure in helping establish the Clarets in the Premier League over the past four seasons and in gaining qualification for Europe in 2018. Last season, the Sale-born centre-back whose 166 Premier League appearances are the most by a Burnley player was an ever-present in the top-flight.
He was on course to repeat that feat in 2019/20 until suffering a season-ending groin injury as he reached the milestone of 300 league games at Crystal Palace at the end of last month. Fittingly, Mee scored the winning goal at Selhurst Park to help the Clarets towards a top ten finish and to cap a campaign that saw him confirm his status as an outstanding leader on and off the pitch, having taken over as club captain from the departed Tom Heaton last summer.
Mee added, “I feel at a really good place in my career, it’s nice to have that backing and as a player it’s always a positive to have that support. I’m feeling good and I’m looking to play for a lot longer, there’s plenty more in me. I want to play more and improve and keep progressing as a player and as a captain as well now. That’s a big ambition of mine, to play as many games as I can and keep learning along the way and I’m looking forward to many more appearances. I think I’ve been playing well and the lads all look fit and in good form and ready to go for next season after what’s going to be a quick turn-around.”