Dyche set to look at duo at Carlisle
Clarets boss Sean Dyche will again take the opportunity to look at midfielders Scott Arfield and David Jones tomorrow at Carlisle United.
Burnley continue their pre-season preparations at Brunton Park, having returned from their training camp in Ireland after Monday night’s 3-0 win at Cork City.
Arfield, released by Huddersfield Town at the end of the season, has featured in both pre-season games so far, scoring at Cork, while Jones, also available on a free transfer, is expected to confirm a permanent switch at the end of the month, once a contractual situation with Wigan is resolved.
The 28-year-old went to Ireland with the squad, coming on for the last 15 minutes at Turners Cross.
But Dyche has been pleased with the pair, especially 24-year-old Arfield.
He said of the former Falkirk man: “Scott nicked a goal and has fitted in well with the group.
“He made some good forceful runs out of midfield and he has fitted in with the group well.
“There are a lot of things piecing together.”
While seeing less of Jones in a game situation, he is similarly happy with Jones, who ended the season on loan at Blackburn Rovers, playing against the Clarets in the 1-1 derby draw at Ewood Park in March,
Dyche said: “David is with us for a bit and he is enjoying it.
“He has looked fit and well, so that looks an interesting one, as with Scott.
“We will see how they build because we want good people doing a job and there were good signs.”
Meanwhile, Charlie Austin came through 45 minutes on Monday after the disappointment of his £4.5m move to Premier League newboys Hull City breaking down, and Dyche added: “It was nice to see Charlie.
“The fans were great with him.
“And as you can see by his performances he is enjoying himself and he is fine.”
Austin and Kieran Trippier both made their first pre-season appearances at Cork, with the latter playing for just over an hour before being replaced by Luke O’Neill, himself having shaken off a tight groin that saw him miss the 1-0 defeat at Morecambe last Tuesday as a precaution.