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Long signs new Burnley deal

Kevin Long has signed a new deal with Burnley that will keep him at the club until June 2021.

Long, who is a Republic of Ireland international, joined Burnley from his home town club, Cork City, in January 2010,  and he has since gone on to make nearly 100 appearances for them, although his career at Turf Moor has been punctuated by loan spells to the likes of Accrington Stanley, Rochdale Barnsley, and, most recently, MK Dons.

He is the longest-serving player currently at the club. He has only made one Premier League appearance so far this year, as a substitute in his side’s away win at Cardiff, but he did start a number of games in their Europa League campaign, and is regarded as an integral part of the Clarets’ squad, providing competition to James Tarkowski, Ben Mee and Ben Gibson.

He told the club’s website “I came back in the summer to go again and I still really enjoy being here and I’m delighted that it will be for another three years.

“Ever since I’ve been here the club has gone from strength-to-strength. It’s progressed massively, and I think it will continue to do, as long as we keep making sure the performances on the pitch are moving forward.”

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