Clarets can reach Premier League says new man Ashley Barnes

Ashley Barnes

Ashley Barnes

First published in Sport This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Burnley FC reporter

NEW signing Ashley Barnes says he has joined a club who he feels have a “massive chance” of winning promotion to the Premier League this season.

The 24-year-old made his Burnley bow as a late substitute at Yeovil Town, the day after penning a three-and-a-half year deal from Brighton.

The Clarets maintained their position in the Championship’s top two with a 2-1 win from their first visit to Huish Park, and first double of the season.

And Barnes believes their promotion challenge can go from strength to strength in the second half of the season. And the striker is looking forward to being a part of it - even if it means biding his time behind leading scorers Danny Ings and Sam Vokes, who both added to their tallies.

“I see it as a massive chance to get promoted.

“The lads have been fantastic all year. I just want to come in and help push over that line,” said Barnes.

“As long as the lads keep playing like they do I’m happy to sit on the bench. I’ve no complaints.

“I’m happy to be the third man and just play a part when I can.

“I’m here to push them on and to help them score even more goals.

“I like as a striker to help your partner, and those two are working so well together, hopefully I can be the third one to help them both.

“We need to push on and get promoted.”

The chance to compete for a Premier League place was one of the big factors in Barnes’ decision to join the Clarets. Manager Sean Dyche was another in choosing Burnley over Leeds United and Wolves.

“Once I spoke to the manager here my mind was made up,” said the centre forward.

“It was close to happening in the summer but it wasn’t to be. I owe every faith to the gaffer because I was the target that he wanted and I’m here now.

“You want to be a wanted man and be somewhere where someone wants you.

“The club sold itself, where they are in the league.

“I needed a fresh challenge and I want to be part of that squad to push for more and help everyone I can around the place.”

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11:11am Mon 13 Jan 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

As long as it's with us I don't mind!!!!!!
As long as it's with us I don't mind!!!!!! Lancs - pensioner
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11:21am Mon 13 Jan 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

Come on you Dingles where are you, I know it's not dole day, surely your not still in bed at this time? I need my fix of good old banter, get up come on get up.
Come on you Dingles where are you, I know it's not dole day, surely your not still in bed at this time? I need my fix of good old banter, get up come on get up. Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: -22

12:14pm Mon 13 Jan 14

fermenter says...

A very good addition to the squad and I am pleased we have managed to get him. We have an excellent manager and with a little bit of good fortune added to the superb team ethic, I am hopeful of a good a second half to the season. Where it will take us I dont know but so far it has been brilliant. Good to be a Claret.
A very good addition to the squad and I am pleased we have managed to get him. We have an excellent manager and with a little bit of good fortune added to the superb team ethic, I am hopeful of a good a second half to the season. Where it will take us I dont know but so far it has been brilliant. Good to be a Claret. fermenter
  • Score: 18

1:57pm Mon 13 Jan 14

TurfMoorTom says...

“As long as the lads keep playing like they do I’m happy to sit on the bench. I’ve no complaints." Sounds a bit lazy and lacking ambition to me - how much did we pay??
“As long as the lads keep playing like they do I’m happy to sit on the bench. I’ve no complaints." Sounds a bit lazy and lacking ambition to me - how much did we pay?? TurfMoorTom
  • Score: -13

2:09pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Champagne plus charlie says...

TurfMoorTom wrote:
“As long as the lads keep playing like they do I’m happy to sit on the bench. I’ve no complaints." Sounds a bit lazy and lacking ambition to me - how much did we pay??
'We' paid £750k for him, but seeing as you are a Blackburn fan Tom, not sure why you are using the royal 'we'
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: “As long as the lads keep playing like they do I’m happy to sit on the bench. I’ve no complaints." Sounds a bit lazy and lacking ambition to me - how much did we pay??[/p][/quote]'We' paid £750k for him, but seeing as you are a Blackburn fan Tom, not sure why you are using the royal 'we' Champagne plus charlie
  • Score: 8

2:42pm Mon 13 Jan 14

u owe u owe says...

TurfMoorTom wrote:
“As long as the lads keep playing like they do I’m happy to sit on the bench. I’ve no complaints." Sounds a bit lazy and lacking ambition to me - how much did we pay??
Or the correct way to read it, I'll be on the bench whilst Sam and Danny do what they do best.
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: “As long as the lads keep playing like they do I’m happy to sit on the bench. I’ve no complaints." Sounds a bit lazy and lacking ambition to me - how much did we pay??[/p][/quote]Or the correct way to read it, I'll be on the bench whilst Sam and Danny do what they do best. u owe u owe
  • Score: 7

3:46pm Mon 13 Jan 14

RobH2O says...

TurfMoorTom wrote:
“As long as the lads keep playing like they do I’m happy to sit on the bench. I’ve no complaints." Sounds a bit lazy and lacking ambition to me - how much did we pay??
Burnley Fan my ar.se sunshine
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: “As long as the lads keep playing like they do I’m happy to sit on the bench. I’ve no complaints." Sounds a bit lazy and lacking ambition to me - how much did we pay??[/p][/quote]Burnley Fan my ar.se sunshine RobH2O
  • Score: 11

5:07pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Chris P Bacon says...

TurfMoorTom wrote:
“As long as the lads keep playing like they do I’m happy to sit on the bench. I’ve no complaints." Sounds a bit lazy and lacking ambition to me - how much did we pay??
That's the worst attempt at fifth columnery I've ever read. It's truly pathetic and marks you down as a righteous recipient of scorn, pity and mockery.

Are you also dingle dangle?
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: “As long as the lads keep playing like they do I’m happy to sit on the bench. I’ve no complaints." Sounds a bit lazy and lacking ambition to me - how much did we pay??[/p][/quote]That's the worst attempt at fifth columnery I've ever read. It's truly pathetic and marks you down as a righteous recipient of scorn, pity and mockery. Are you also dingle dangle? Chris P Bacon
  • Score: 11

9:02pm Mon 20 Jan 14

stevieclaret says...

Where's MThead these days? What's her new alias??
Where's MThead these days? What's her new alias?? stevieclaret
  • Score: 1

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