Clarets Long Serving Midfielder Agrees Clarets Contract Extension
Burnley Football Club have confirmed they have secured the services of another key member of Sean Dyche’s squad with long-serving midfielder Jack Cork signing a new contract at Turf Moor. Cork, whose current contract was due to expire at the end of this season, has agreed a deal until June, 2022 with the option of a further 12 months.
It means the 31-year-old will add to outstanding service for the Clarets spread over two different spells, initially as a loan signing from Chelsea for a two-seasons before becoming a permanent member of the playing staff after signing from Swansea City in July 2017. He has since made over 100 Premier League appearances for the Clarets as well scoring a winning goal in Europe as the Clarets’ stand-in skipper. Cork is closing in on a return to action following almost six months out as a result of a fractured foot, the longest injury absence of his career.
Speaking about his injury Jack Cork said, “It’s been a tough sort of six months with the injury, but I feel like I’m just one or two weeks away from being back to full fitness so I’m happy to have extended my stay. ” Cork, who won an England cap as a Burnley player during the 2017/18 season when he also played every minute of the Premier League season in which the Clarets qualified for Europe. “It’s nice to get it signed and all done and I’m looking forward to playing games now. I’m looking forward to coming back and proving I’m at the same level I was before my injury.”
His two spells at Turf Moor, Cork has played 175 games for the club, with his 116 Premier League appearances placing him fifth on the Clarets’ all-time list for the competition. “If I stay the year, plus the option, it would take me to eight years at the club which is a big achievement. We’ve finished seventh and tenth in the Premier League and played in the Europa League and it’s been a great few years.
Hopefully, I can have another good year after the injury and now with my experience I can help with some of the younger lads who are coming through at the club. This will be my tenth year in a row in the Premier League and I can add good experience to the group that we need at times. I’m looking forward to getting back playing some Premier League football.”
Cork, who also played in the top tier with Swansea City, Southampton and represented Great Britain in the 2012 London Olympics has signed his new contract in the same week that midfielder Josh Benson agreed a new long-term deal at Turf Moor. Cork follows senior team-mates Ben Mee, Ashley Westwood, Jay Rodriguez and Matej Vydra in extending their stays with Burnley since the end of last season.