Burnley tie down Lowton, Long, Gudmundsson and Pieters to new deals

Burnley tie down Matt Lowton, Kevin Long, Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Erik Pieters to new deals as they learn their lesson after seeing four senior stars’ contracts expire last summer

  • Matt Lowton, Kevin Long and Johann Berg Gudmundsson are staying at Burnley
  • All three signed new two-year contracts and Erik Pieters extended his deal too
  • The deals contrast with Burnley losing four players last summer over contracts

Burnley have announced four more players who have committed their futures to the club after signing new contracts. 

Matt Lowton, Kevin Long and Johann Berg Gudmundsson have all signed new two-year contracts to remain with Burnley until the summer of 2023, while the club have activated a clause in Erik Pieters’ deal to extend the left-back’s deal until June 2022.  

Together the four players have made more than 400 appearances for Burnley, securing manager Sean Dyche the services of more players with crucial Premier League experience.

Matt Lowton (L) and Kevin Long (R) have both signed new two-year contracts at Burnley

Burnley are currently hovering above the relegation zone in 15th place.

The quartet follow Jack Cork, Ashley Westwood and Ben Mee in extending their commitments as the Clarets bid to avoid the problems encountered last summer, when manager Sean Dyche voiced his frustration as expiring deals saw four senior players leave before the delayed campaign had concluded.

Speaking to the new contract signings, Dyche emphasised that continuity in the squad was especially important as Burnley transferred to its new owners ALK Capital Investment.   

Erik Pieters (L) extended his deal while Johann Berg Gudmundsson (R) also signed a new deal

‘It’s an important time with the transition of one chairman and owner to the next chairman and owners to make sure we’re planning – and I’ve said this all along – not just outside by recruitment but inside as well,’ he said. 

‘We have to make sure good people, good players and good servants to the club remain so and in agreeing these contracts, they’re certainly putting their front foot forward and saying ‘yes, we want to be part of it, we enjoy the challenge and we want to take it on’.

‘And that’s the mentality we need.’

Burnley also secured contract extensions from strikers Jay Rodriguez and Matej Vydra earlier this season. 

Burnley manager Sean Dyche said the club have to prioritise keeping hold of ‘good players’

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