Dale Stephens Returns Home To Lancashire With The Clarets
Burnley Football Club have this evening confirmed the signing of Midfielder Dale Stephens from Brighton Hove Albion on a two year contract for an undisclosed fee.
Stephens has been a long-standing target for the Clarets and manager Sean Dyche who finally got his man when the midfielder left Brighton after playing ninety-nine Premier League appearances for the Seagulls. He is now looking forward to a century and beyond with Burnley on his return to his native Lancashire.
After leaving Oldham in 2011, Stephens spent two-and-a-half seasons with Charlton Athletic before joining Brighton in January 2014. As proven Premier League player his arrival will add to Sean Dyche squad in the middle of the park. Stephens who has won promotion to the Premier League twice believes he finally arrives at Turf Moor as a more complete performer.
Speaking about signing for the Clarets Dale Stephens said, “I’m very happy, it’s probably taken a few more years than expected but i am happy to get it over the line and finally become a Burnley player. I have been away from the North-West for a while so it’s nice to come back to where the family resides as well. But most importantly I’m coming back to a Premier League football club that’s done well in recent years in this league and I’m excited for that challenge.
I have played against this squad and this team a lot in recent years, so I know the strengths of the club and that’s what’s excited me. To come here and buy into the gaffer’s ideas and the way he works, which is a good pull for me. The club finished tenth last season, which is not easy to do. It won’t be easy to get higher than that in the league but it’s got to be an aim. If you’re not improving you’re going backwards and I’m sure the club as a whole wants to become better and that’s something I want to be part of.”
Speaking about the clubs new signing manager Sean Dyche said, “I’am please that he has joined the club, Dale is a player I have liked historically, he obviously fits with the financial thinking at the minute, but he is a player we like. He is an experienced player and I’ve tried to sign him in the past and I often stick with my targets and eventually manage to get them here. We want to wish him all the best here at Turf Moor and I’am sure he will do well at the club.”