Phil Bardsley Extends Turf Moor Contract Until June 2022
Clarets’ defender Phil Bardsley has agreed a new contract to keep him at Turf Moor until the summer of 2022. The vastly experienced full-back becomes the latest senior member of Sean Dyche’s squad to agree new terms. Bardsley, follows defensive colleagues Matt Lowton, Erik Pieters and Kevin Long in extending their stays after the trio along with winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson signed up at the end of January.
Jack Cork, Ashley Westwood, club captain Ben Mee along with strikers Jay Rodriguez and Matej Vydra also penning contract extensions since last summer, the Clarets have secured the services of the core of their squad ahead of the 2021/22 season. Phil Bardsley has faced healthy competition with Lowton for the right-back slot since his arrival from Stoke City on an initial two-year deal which had twice subsequently been extended.
Matt Lowton is currently wearing the jersey but Bardsley has clocked up sixty-eight first team appearances as a key member of the Clarets’ set-up. However Sean Dyche continues to see the former Manchester United, Sunderland and Scotland defender who is closing in on 400 career appearances as an integral part of his plans.
Speaking about the contract extention Clarets manager Sean Dyche said, “Bardo is a top professional, he is lean fit and hungry. However he is old enough and wise enough to have that respect to look at Lowts and go ‘he is delivering. I think when players in front of you are delivering you have to bide your time and I think we have a healthy respect here for that kind of thinking. Players obviously knock on my door and want to play but sometimes they see it with their own eyes that the player in their position is playing well and therefore I am going to have to wait for my chance and be ready when it comes.”