Burnley FC defender Kieran Trippier in best shape of his life

Kieran Trippier.
Kieran Trippier.

Kieran Trippier believes he is in the best shape of his life ahead of the new season.

Trippier, player of the year in his first season at Turf Moor, ended his second campaign by being named in the PFA Championship team of the year.

But he feels he didn’t do himself justice over the first half of last term, and he insists the best is yet to come from him.

The Manchester City youngster came through 90 minutes against Sparta Rotterdam on Saturday, having returned at Tranmere on Tuesday night after a slight hamstring niggle.

And he is raring to go against Bolton on Saturday.

Trippier, who helped stay fit with a personal trainer over the summer, has enjoyed manager Sean Dyche’s tough pre-season schedule, and he said: “I already feel fitter than I’ve ever been.

“I did really well in my first season at Burnley. I think everyone was wondering whether it was just a one-off season and whether I could do well again.

“In the first few games I just wasn’t myself.

“I felt like I was overweight and that got to me a bit. When the new manager came in he recognised what was wrong.

“This season I can feel myself flying already.

“I’ve come back fit and healthy and not fat, like I was last year.

“I was kicking myself about that.

“I’ve done well for myself and my body this summer, I’ve treated it well.

“I just wasn’t myself last year. I went on a lot of holidays and I realise that.

“But I didn’t feel like I was playing well.

“It got to about Christmas-time and I sat down with my mum and my agent and they told me straight.

“I thought I picked up after that and I thought I did well.

“This season is going to be even better for me I think.”