"If I can help keep Burnley in the Premier League, that's the best thing for me," says local lad Jay Rodriguez
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The Burnley-born striker, who has a strong emotional attachment having climbed through the ranks, broke into the senior side as a teenager under Owen Coyle during the 2008-09 campaign as the club started its ascent to the top flight.
Rodriguez played in two League Cup ties the following term - against Hartlepool and Barnsley - before being loaned out to the Tykes and spending his time at Oakwell from January onwards.
The England cap made his Premier League debut for Southampton, and went on to represent West Brom, before making his return in the summer of 2019 and finally making his Burnley bow at this level at home to the Saints.
Now the 32-year-old wants to keep the club he supported as a kid at the highest height. "It's such a big thing; my family and friends all support Burnley. It's not just me, the lads in the dressing room give everything every time.
"I think it's important to keep this club at the top, I think it deserves to be here. It's a big pressure, but it's a good thing that I can help have an effect.
"It would be massive. Since I've come back the biggest thing has always been to stay in the league. We've worked hard over the years and the club deserves to be in the Premier League."
Rodriguez, who netted the 100th goal of his career against Manchester United earlier this month, added: "If I can help keep Burnley in the Premier League, that's the best thing for me.
"It doesn't just affect me, it's my family, friends and people that I know. Every lad in the changing room feels that because some have been here for a long time. They know how much it means.
"Being back at Burnley is unbelievable and being able to represent them in the Premier League is a dream for a Burnley lad. The way the club is moving it's a great thing to be a part of. I do feel lucky as a Burnley lad, it's special to me."