KEITH Treacy has told fans he wants to be the man to bring derby delight to Burnley, admitting: ‘I’d love to score the winner’.
The winger will be one of two current Clarets, alongside midfielder David Jones, who go into Sunday’s derby at Ewood Park having experienced a foot in both camps.
Jones was on loan with Blackburn Rovers last season, from Wigan. But it was through the youth set-up at Brockhall that Treacy made his name with Burnley’s biggest rivals, progressing through the ranks to be dubbed the ‘next Damien Duff’.
The wide man seemed set to follow in his fellow Dubliner’s footsteps from youth team to first team, but during a series of managerial changes he struggled to establish a regular place in the side, was loaned to Stockport and Sheffield United and was ultimately sold by Sam Allardyce to Preston in 2010.
After moving from Deepdale to Turf Moor a year later, Treacy struggled to sustain a regular first team place under Eddie Howe.
But the 25-year-old feels settled under current Clarets boss Sean Dyche, and after the disappointment of missing out on the previous three derby meetings since joining Burnley, wants to repay the manager’s faith in him with the ultimate reward.
After a recent neck injury Treacy made a goalscoring return to the squad at Bournemouth and played the last half-hour against Nottingham Forest.
He was an unused substitute in Saturday’s win over third-placed Derby County, which increased Burnley’s lead in second place to five points, but admitted he’s desperate to be involved on Sunday.
“I am. Last season I started the game against Hull and the next game was Blackburn at Ewood and I wasn’t even in the squad,” said Treacy.
“I was devastated not to be in the squad, especially at Ewood.
“I was on the bench against them this season and never came on, so hopefully I can play against them this time.”
After grabbing his last goal at Bournemouth, coming off the bench to score the equaliser against Howe’s side to prolong Burnley’s unbeaten league run, Treacy has considered what it would be like to take the East Lancashire bragging rights to Turf Moor with the winner.
“I’d love to,” he said.
“It would be great just to get on the pitch and win. Obviously scoring the winner would be brilliant.
“I’m actually quite good friends with (Rovers boss) Gary Bowyer as well because he was my reserve team manager as I came through at Blackburn.
“I actually owe quite a lot to him as well.
“But that’s not to say I wouldn’t celebrate if we won or if I scored.
“We’re not that close!”