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Gray on rise with Clarets

ANDY Gray insists he can still be a success in the Premiership ... with Burnley!

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The former Sunderland striker has no regrets over dropping down a division to join Steve Cotterill's Clarets.

And Gray, who began the season with promotion chasing Sheffield United, is delighted to drop anchor at Turf Moor by signing a three-year deal in the summer following his initial loan spell from the Stadium of Light.

The Scottish international, who has scored twice in his first two home games, said: "I never expected to play for three different clubs this season, but that just goes to show how unpredictable football is.

"At my age, I couldn't really turn down a move to the Premiership and I made a decent start with a goal on my debut.

"Unfortunately, I didn't score again for Sunderland and it's only natural that you are not going to get many chances in a struggling side.

"Eventually I wanted to get away and I had opportunities to go out on loan, but Burnley was the one that really appealed to me.

"They made it clear they wanted me in the long term and it's great to be back playing again and enjoying my football."

Gray, 28, added: "Some people might question if I want to get back into the Premiership after my time at Sunderland, but I want to get promoted with Burnley in my time here and I wouldn't have joined if they were not ambitious.

"You have to believe in your own ability and, although I didn't do as well as I would have liked at Sunderland, I am confident I could succeed if I got another chance in the top flight.

"The manager sold the club very well to me and there is only one place he wants to go too."

For now, Gray is concentrating on ending the season well after decisive goals against Norwich and Southampton quickly endeared him to the Turf Moor crowd.

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