Clarets defender signs new deal

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Stephen Ward has penned a fresh two-year deal with Burnley to cap a few days to remember for the 31-year-old defender. "Hopefully, we can have a good season like we did previous year".

Ward joined the Clarets from Wolves, following a season-long loan spell at Brighton, after Burnley had won promotion to the Premier League in 2014.

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"Ben (Mee) gave me a shout to take the short one, and instinct just takes over".

But which player got on the ball most often? "But write us off, we don't mind it, write us off as much as you want and we'll come back and show them what we're about".

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On his new contract, Ward said: "It's great and long may it continue".

And the former Wolves man remains a key part of Ireland's plans as they look to clinch a place at the 2018 World Cup finals in Russian Federation, joining Burnley teammates Robbie Brady, Jon Walters, Jeff Hendrick and Kevin Long in the latest squad announced by Martin O'Neill. "The lads coming in, not only have they been great for the global side, but they have unbelievable additions for us as well", said Ward.

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Burnley and Defour will be looking to follow up their historic victory at Stamford Bridge when Turf Moor hosts its first home game of the season against West Brom on Saturday.

In quotes published in the Lancashire Telegraph, Dyche said after the win: 'There's no guarantees but he looks like he's fitter, he's adapted better, he understands the tempo of the game better and that it's physically demanding, particularly here; they (Chelsea) have got some very powerful players, they're a big, athletic side. "Hopefully, we can have a good season like we did a year ago".

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