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Matthew Lowton relishing first-team football with Burnley

23 June 2015

New Burnley signing Matthew Lowton is eager for some first-team football again after signing for the recently relegated Clarets from Aston Villa.

The full-back joined Villa from Sheffield United in July 2012 but made only 13 Premier League appearances last term.

He has now joined Sean Dyche's Burnley in search of regular match time, describing the move as a 'no-brainer'.

He told “Things went pretty quickly from when Burnley showed a bit of interest. Straight away I said yes because I just want to go and play football every week.

“It’s been a little frustrating lately but the manager here said I’d play a lot of football and I’m really looking forward to getting started.

“I had two years left on my contract, but I haven’t played enough football in the last year and I’ve worked hard growing up to be a footballer.

“I don’t want to come on a Saturday and watch other players do it.

“There were a few clubs interested, but Burnley belong in the Premier League and hopefully I can come in and help us get back up.”

Kieran Trippier was Burnley's right-back in the Premier League last term, with the 24-year-old being named in Dyche's started XI in all of their league matches, before being sold to Tottenham Hotspur last week.

Lowton is looking to fill the void left by Trippier, and the 26-year-old has targeted a swift return to the top flight.

“I knew Kieran Trippier was leaving and there was a space where I play, so it was a bit of a no-brainer really to come and play football for a team that is pushing for promotion.

“I had a fantastic experience at Villa and the first season I was there I played pretty much every minute of every game.

“I got so much experience up there with the players I played alongside and the managers and coaches.

“Although it hasn’t worked out in the end as much as I would have liked, the experience I have gained there has been priceless and hopefully I can take that into next season.”

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