Key midfielder Jack Cork extends his Burnley contract

Key midfielder Jack Cork has extended his contract to the summer of 2022.
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Jack Cork

Cork’s current deal was due to expire at the end of this season, having joined from Swansea City in the summer of 2017.

Cork first joined Burnley on loan, signed by Brian Laws in January 2010 from Chelsea, and he also spent the following season on loan, playing under Laws and then Eddie Howe, before joining Southampton.

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The 31-year-old has made over 100 Premier League appearances for Burnley - captaining the team for the first time and scoring the winning goal at Watford in April 2018 - and also earned his first England cap with the Clarets as a substitute against Germany in November 2017.

He has been out since he end of June with a fractured ankle, but is close to a return, having played 45 minutes for the Under 23s last Monday.

Cork said: “It’s been a tough sort of six months with the injury. But I feel like I’m just one or two weeks away from being back fully fit so I’m happy to have extended my stay.

“It’s nice to get it done and I’m looking forward to playing games now.

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“I’m looking forward to coming back and proving I’m at the same level I was four or five months ago.”

Across his two spells at Turf Moor, Cork has played 175 games for the club, with his 116 Premier League appearances placing him fifth on the Clarets’ all-time list for the competition.

“If I stay the year, plus the option, it would take me to eight years at the club, which is a big achievement,” added Cork, who also represented Great Britain in the 2012 London Olympics.

“We’ve finished seventh and 10th in the Premier League and played in Europe and it’s been a great few years.

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“Hopefully now I can have another good year after this and now I’m 31, with my experience, help with some of the younger lads who are coming through at the club.

“This will be my 10th year in a row in the Premier League and I can add good experience to the group that we need at times.

“I’m looking forward to getting back playing Premier League football.”