Long serving defender signs new Turf Moor contract

Clarets defender Kevin Long has signed a new three-year deal at Turf Moor.

Friday, 4th August 2017, 5:02 pm
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 12:29 pm
Kevin Long in action against Celta Vigo on Tuesday night. Photo: Kelvin Stuttard
Kevin Long in action against Celta Vigo on Tuesday night. Photo: Kelvin Stuttard

The Republic of Ireland international, who joined the Clarets in January 2010 from Cork City, had one year left on his existing contract.

Long, the club’s longest serving player, said: “I am delighted. It’s been going on for quite a while now so it’s nice to get it signed and look forward to the next three years.

“It caps what’s been a fabulous few months for me. Coming into the team at the end of last season was great and them to make my international debut for Ireland over the summer was a dream.

“Here at Burnley, we’ve secured another season in the Premier League, so this is a club going in the right direction and it’s a pleasure to be a part of that.

“I’ve been here a long time and probably haven’t played as much as I’d have liked, so hopefully in the next three years I can play a lot more and go from strength to strength.”

The 27-year-old centre back was rewarded for his patience with a first Premier League start in May’s 2-2 draw against WBA, which saw the Clarets ensure their top-flight safety.

Long stayed in the side for the final two games of the campaign and was then called up for the first time by the senior Republic of Ireland squad, making his debut in a friendly against Mexico in the USA at the beginning of June, 2017 and starting for the first time a few days later against Uruguay.

He then capped a remarkable few months by retaining his place and making his competitive international debut for Ireland in their World Cup qualifier against Austria.