‘No-brainer’ to join the Clarets, says Lowton

BFC_Matt Lowton_22/6/15
BFC_Matt Lowton_22/6/15
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Matt Lowton admits it was a “no brainer” after dropping down a division to link up with the Clarets.

The 26-year-old signed a three-year deal on Monday following a £1m switch from Aston Villa, which could rise to £2m with add-ons.

The former Sheffield United youngster replaces Kieran Trippier, who joined Spurs on Friday, and Chesterfield-born Lowton hopes to be back in the Premier League as soon as possible with Burnley, as they look to bounce back at the first attempt.

Lowton, who made 82 appearances for Villa following a £3m move in 2012, fell out of favour with Paul Lambert and then Tim Sherwood, and explained how the move came about: “Things went pretty quickly from when the club showed a bit of interest.

“Straight away I said ‘yes’ because I just want to go and play football every week.

“It’s been a little frustrating lately, but the manager here said I’d play a lot of football, and I’m really looking forward to getting started.

“I had two years left on my contract, but I haven’t played enough football in the last year and I’ve worked hard growing up to be a footballer.

“I don’t want to come on a Saturday and watch other players do it.

“There were a few clubs interested, but Burnley belong in the Premier League, and hopefully I can come in and help us get back up.”

He added: “I knew Kieran Trippier was leaving and there was a space where I play, so it was a bit of a no-brainer really to come and play football for a team that is pushing for promotion.

“I had a fantastic experience at Villa and the first season I was there I played pretty much every minute of every game.

“I got so much experience up there with the players I played alongside and the managers and coaches.

“Although it hasn’t worked out as much as I would have liked, the experience I have gained there has been priceless and hopefully I can take that into next season.”

Clarets boss Sean Dyche was delighted to make a long-term target his first summer signing: “Even back to his days at Sheffield United, I always thought Matt was a very good player and one who I think is motivated to go again.

“He has been at a big club in Aston Villa and wants to get back to the Premier League.

“The challenge for him now is to play regular first team football and help Burnley Football Club to get back there, and we look forward to welcoming him into the group.”

Lowton had a brief spell with Leeds United as a youngster, but joined Sheffield United as an Under 10s player, joined the academy in 2004, and progressed through the ranks before breaking into the Blades’ first team in 2010.

During his time at Bramall Lane, he gained experience out on loan at local non-league outfit Sheffield and United’s sister club, Hungarian side Ferencvaros, where he made 18 appearances.

A former ball boy in front of The Kop at Bramall Lane, he broke into United’s first team with a string of impressive displays in the 2010/11 season, and his first senior goal for the club came against the Clarets in a pulsating 3-3 draw at Bramall Lane in October, 2010.

With the Blades relegated to League 1, he became integral to the side and made 55 appearances, as well as contributing six goals.

In July 2012, Lowton completed a £3m move to Villa Park, and made 44 appearances in his debut campaign in all competitions.

He netted his first league goal for the Midlands side in a 2-0 victory over Swansea City, five games into his Villa career, but his time at Villa is perhaps best remembered for a blistering volley in a 3-1 win at Stoke City in April 2013.

In the summer of 2013, under Lambert, signed a new four-year deal to keep him at Villa until 2017.

He played 25 times in 2013/14, and made 13 appearances last term.

Lowton, while primarily a right back, has also played at centre back, right midfield and central midfield.