Striker Gray focused on Clarets

Clarets striker Andre Gray is paying no attention to speculation linking him with a move.

Monday, 24th July 2017, 6:00 am
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 1:13 pm
Andre Gray

Gray has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs since the turn of the year, including Spurs, Everton and West Ham.

The former record signing hit a hat-trick in the 3-2 win at Alfreton Town on Saturday - one of two Burnley friendlies, with another Clarets XI also winning 1-0 at Kidderminster Harriers with a Robbie Brady free kick.

And afterwards, Gray, who has entered the last year of his Burnley contract, insisted he is only looking to continue his development at Turf Moor after hitting nine goals in his debut premier League season: "It's part and parcel, you concentrate on where you are.

"Nothing has happened, there's nothing to think about, I'm concentrating on Burnley and that's what I'll always do.

“The last five years, every window there's something new coming out, it's nothing new to deal with.

"I want to become a better player and concentrate on my football here."

And he was delighted to get up and running for pre-season in style on a ground where his last visit, with Luton Town, also saw him leave with the matchball: “Its just good to get off the mark, but the main thing in pre-season is fitness, not scoring goals.

“But it's always nice to score, I scored a hat-trick with Luton the last time I was here as well, it's the first time I've been back, so it's a strange feeling.

“Goals give strikers confidence so it always helps, but I know better than anyone that pre-season is just about fitness, it's a completely different stage when you reach the season."