New Burnley striker Jutkiewicz looking to make 'big contribution'
NEW signing Lukas Jutkiewicz is out to make a “big contribution” to Burnley after completing his move from Middlesbrough to Turf Moor.
The Clarets won the race for the striker’s signature after being the first to meet Boro’s asking price last week.
The 25-year-old met with Burnley staff on Monday to hold talks and complete his medical before the squad set off for their pre-season tour of Austria.
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And despite a late bid by Bolton Wanderers to snap up Dougie Freedman’s top target, which was also accepted by Middlesbrough, and strong interest from Wigan, Derby and Wolves, the pull of joining Burnley in the Premier League proved irresistible.
“I’m delighted the deal got concluded so I could join up with the lads out here in Austria,” said Jutkiewicz.
“I’m looking forward to the season ahead and hopefully making a big contribution to the team.”
The 6ft 1ins former Coventry striker put pen to paper on a three-year deal in time to fly out to Vienna and be introduced to his new team-mates ahead of the afternoon training session on day two of their week-long training camp.
Middlesbrough have made a profit on Jutkiewicz, who they bought from Coventry in January 2012 for £1.3m.
The initial fee is thought to be £1.5m with the potential to rise to £2.25m with incentives including appearances.
Burnley boss Sean Dyche has already added former Watford and Bolton striker Marvin Sordell to his attacking armoury and believes Jutkiewicz, who David Moyes signed for Everton in 2007, offers another dimension to their front line.
“He’s a physical presence who can hold the ball up very well and link play. We think there is goals in him and it is very similar to the Sam Vokes story where he’s always done well and we’re looking for him to build on what he’s done,” said Dyche.
“There is a nice demand now in that area of the pitch as all the players offer something different to the team so we’re happy with how that is developing.
“I still think there is development in Lukas, he’s 25 and has been around a little bit now and he finished last season very strongly.
“I feel there is even more to come and he’ll be hungry for that. He’ll be working with a good group who are all hungry to not only achieve things but to keep pushing themselves as individuals.
“That’s a big part of our mentality and he’ll fit into that very nicely.”
Jutkiewicz, who is commonly known as ‘The Juke’ by supporters, was wanted by Bolton after ending the season on loan at the Reebok Stadium from January, scoring seven goals in 20 games.