Friday 27 June 2014
Burnley have made their first signing ahead of the club's return to the Barclays Premier League with the capture of Michael Kightly from Stoke City for an undisclosed fee.
The 28-year-old winger was on loan at Turf Moor last season and played a key role as Burnley booked a return to the top-flight for the first time since 2010.
Kightly scored three goals and made five assists in 36 Championship appearances to help the Clarets finish runners-up to Leicester City. He has signed a three-year deal at Turf Moor.
"We're certainly not here to make up the numbers and hopefully we can surprise a few people again"
"As soon as we secured promotion to the Premier League last season, I wanted to make sure that I signed," he told the club website. "Coming in on loan is usually difficult but it only took a few weeks here to get settled and it is great to be a permanent Burnley player now as opposed to a loanee.
"It took a while to get it over the line but now it is all secured I'm really pleased."
Kightly spent five years at Wolverhampton Wanderers, making 31 Barclays Premier League appearances, before signing for Stoke City in 2012.
In his first season at the Britannia Stadium, he made 22 league appearances, scoring three goals. Kightly is now looking forward to the new Barclays Premier League campaign, which opens up with a home match against three-time title winners Chelsea on 16 August.
"At the tail end of last season I felt like I was getting back to my best and if I can carry that into next season, I will have a good campaign," said Kightly, who also worked under Burnley manager Sean Dyche during a loan spell at Watford in 2011. "It'll be a tough start to the campaign with Chelsea at home but you can look at that in two ways and we'll certainly start with a positive mindset.
"People might write us off, but we're certainly not here to make up the numbers and hopefully we can surprise a few people again."