Lukas settling into Turf life

Pre-season friendly between Preston North End and Burnley, at Deepdale.'Lukas Jutkiewicz (no 19) slots the ball past Preston keeper Jamie Jones for Burnley's only goal.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'29-7-2014
Pre-season friendly between Preston North End and Burnley, at Deepdale.'Lukas Jutkiewicz (no 19) slots the ball past Preston keeper Jamie Jones for Burnley's only goal. PIC BY ROB LOCK'29-7-2014

Clarets striker Lukas Jutkiewicz is enjoying life at Burnley after his recent switch from Middlesbrough.

The 25-year-old arrived just over a fortnight ago in a deal which could be worth up to £2.25m, and has settled well so far, scoring three goals in three appearances in pre-season.

Tuesday night saw him paired with Danny Ings for the first time, and the former Everton and Coventry man netted the opener in a 2-1 defeat.

He said afterwards: “It was nice to get a little bit longer on the pitch to try and get your fitness up, and it was an enjoyable run out.

“It’s the first time I’ve been on the pitch with Danny, so I enjoyed trying to link up with him. You can see the quality he’s got and I enjoyed playing up f ront with him.”

Jutkiewicz joins a striking unit also containing Marvin Sordell, Ashley Barnes and Sam Vokes, and he added: “It gives the manager a headache and we have different types for different scenarios. The team needs competition, it’s to be welcomed.”

Burnley earned plaudits for their fitness levels last season, and he feels he is getting up to speed: “There’s been a lot of hard work, it’s what pre-season’s for, it’s important to get that fitness as your base, and we’re coming along well.

“We have a good couple of weeks to get right to the tempo we ant to be, but Tuesday was a stepping stone towards that.”

Burnley’s pressing game is again prevalent, forcing Jutkiewicz’s goal at Preston, and he admitted: “The pressing was a big part of why the team was so successful last year - it’s hard work and it’s about conditioning your body to be able to do it.

“It’s reaped dividends in the past and I’ve enjoyed it.

“The demands are really high here, that’s why they were so successful last year, everyone demands high standards from each other and themselves.”