Baird facing decision over Turf return

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Sean Dyche hasn’t ruled out a return for the versatile Chris Baird.

The Northern Ireland international arrived as a free agent in March, after leaving Reading in January, and made four starts, and two substitute appearances to help Burnley seal promotion to the Premier League,

And Dyche is keen to add Baird’s top-flight experience to the squad, where he has spent most of his career with Southampton and Fulham.

However, the 32-year-old, who has been based down south most of his career, will have to decide whether he would be prepared to move up north for a longer period.

Dyche said: “His situation is ongoing. His is purely a lifestyle choice.

“He has been based down south for a long time. He knows that we’re interested in having him with us.

“As you can imagine, he’s been in the Premier League a long time, his would not be a financial decision, his would be a family decision - for the right reasons by the way.

“I don’t have to convince anyone, you’ve all seen what he can do, the fans have seen what he can do - he’s a very solid, very reliable, very good professional footballer.

“But he is old enough and wise enough to know it has to fit his life as well.

“That’s just an ongoing thing just to say ‘go and have a chat with the family, have a holiday etc’, but he’s certainly one we’d look at keeping.”

There is no concrete offer on the table as of yet, but the player knows Dyche’s intentions: “We haven’t got to that stage yet. e’s having a family holiday now just to decide what he thinks.

“When he gets back he will be speaking to me about the future. He did fantastically well and fitted in hand in glove. He looks after himself and knows the game.

“He’s a very good professional footballer. You don’t play in the Premier League for that long unless you’re a good player.”