Barton in line for full Burnley bow
Barton signed a one-year deal five weeks ago, but was playing catch-up in terms of his fitness.
His introduction lifted the crowd and the performance, and he is in line to start at Rotherham United tomorrow night.
He said: “It was nice to get on and help muck in with the team. I need match games and fitness comes as a part of that.
“I’m glad to get it out of the way in terms of now being back in the picture for the first team squad, which is, I think, what I’m here for.
“It would have been better to cap it with a victory but hopefully my full debut will give me that.
“It probably came a little bit quicker because I missed the whole of pre-season, so, to be fair to the staff at the football club, they’ve worked incredibly hard to get me in this position so quickly.
“They’ve totally governed it and taken control.
“They’ve got a really good sports science and medical staff here, and I’ve been governed by them and they’ve managed to get me into the shape I’m in. I’ve still got a bit of work to do. I’ll probably need a couple of extra sessions when the international break comes, but that’s what I’ve got to do. I missed the whole of pre-season, so I do have to play catch-up.
“I’m looking forward to it. I’m really enjoying the environment and really enjoying the football club and hopefully I can start to contribute on the pitch for the lads.
“I’m really looking forward to Rotherham now.”