Cork defender is with Burnley for the Long haul

Cork defender is with Burnley for the Long haul
Burnley's Kevin Long in action. Picture: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

KEVIN Long has signed a new deal with English Premier League side Burnley until the summer of 2021.

The Corkman is the longest-serving player at the Turf Moor club, having joined from Cork City in January 2010.

The 28-year-old signs this new deal off the back his most productive season so far for the Clarets last term.

Long has made five appearances in all so far this campaign for Burnley, one in the Premier League, three in the Europa League and an outing in the Carabao Cup.

“Talks started at the end of last season and moved on from there,” Long told the official Burnley FC 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."

Former Cork City players Seanie Maguire and Kevin Long battle for the ball in training this week. Picture: INPHO/Bryan Keane
Former Cork City players Seanie Maguire and Kevin Long battle for the ball in training this week. Picture: INPHO/Bryan Keane

Long added: “Last season I played quite a few games in the Premier League, which is the highest level and where you want to be.

“I’m not in the team at the moment with Tarky and Ben doing well and so I’ve got to bide my time again.

“You have to wait for a chance and then try and take it when it comes, which I think I did last season.

“I want to be playing games and I’m not happy when I’m not in the team.

“My main aim is to get in the starting line-up. But you can only pick 11 and I have to be patient and keep working hard.

“And when the chance comes, I like to think I help the team and I want that to continue.” 

On top of playing for Burnley, during his career in England, Long has featured in loan spells for Accrington Stanley, Rochdale, Portsmouth, Barnsley and MK Dons over the last eight years.

Meanwhile, highly rated young Cork attacker Adam Idah was on the scoresheet for the Republic Of Ireland U19s on Wednesday afternoon, as they began their UEFA U19 European Championship Qualifying Round, with a 3-1 win against Bosnia and Herzegovina in Longford's City Calling Stadium.

Talented Norwich City attacker Idah got the third goal of the victory, slotting inside the box cooly past the Bosnia shot-stopper.

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