Burnley boss is eager to tie up new contracts

Michael Duff has been offered a new deal
Michael Duff has been offered a new deal

While the transfer merry-go-round is yet to crank into gear, Sean Dyche is hoping to sort out some business closer to home.

At the end of the season, Burnley released David Edgar, Brian Stock, Keith Treacy and Nick Liversedge.

But defenders Michael Duff, Danny Lafferty and Luke O’Neill, along with midfielder Junior Stanislas, were all offered contract extensions to their Turf Moor careers.

Laffery revealed this week while on international duty with Northern Ireland that he has signed the three-year deal on the table, and Dyche is eager to sort out the futures of Duff, O’Neill and Stanislas.

Dyche said: “We’re already in negotiations.

“A lot of the players here were under contract and had built-in things that cover them moving forward.

“Some will be affected. Some will be ongoing.

“The good thing with that is that obviously started a few weeks ago.

“We’re pretty sure on the people that we wish to stay and extending contracts and that sort of thing. That’s ongoing.”

He is hopeful those matters will be sorted out before the players return to pre-season in just over a month’s time: “Most players operate with agents now, most agents take care of business, the player then speaks to the agent or to me or to Lee Hoos - whoever it may be, we’re all singing from the same songsheet here.

“We make that quite clear to the agents, there’s not one saying one thing and one saying another, we’re very open with our business and our players and the agents and obviously the club, and we align in the best possible fashion.

“That’s just an ongoing situation.”

Lafferty is with Northern Ireland, who play Uruguay in Montevideo tonight, before moving on to Chile on Wednesday night, and he said: “It’s very exciting for me to have signed a new contract and I’m quite flattered by it to be honest. I didn’t play as much as I’d like this season, and only about 40 times since I’ve been at the club, so for the manager to turn around and give me three years, as a player with no Premier League experience, was a boost.

“There are guys who played a lot more than me this year who’ve been let go, so for the manager to show that faith in me is very nice and I want to repay that on the pitch.”

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