GEORGE Boyd says he is ready to bring ammunition to Burnley.
The deadline day signing helped Hull City win promotion at the end of his loan spell from Peterborough United, going on to achieve survival last season after making the move permanent the previous summer.
Now the attacking midfielder is out to assist Burnley’s bid to secure a second straight Premier League season.
“It’s a big challenge, like it was last year with Hull – no-one gave us a chance to stay up. It’s the same sort of thing with Burnley this season.
“We did it last year and there’s no reason why we can’t do it again with Burnley,” said the 28-year-old, who has signed a three-year deal.
The fee was undisclosed by both clubs, but is believed to equal the record £3million paid to buy Steven Fletcher from Hibernian in 2009.
Boyd scored in two of his nine Premier League games for the Tigers last season, including the only goal in a crucial win over Swansea in April.
Hull went on to finish 16th, four points above the relegation places.
The Scotland international comes to Turf Moor fully aware of the importance of taking chances in the top flight, and he is ready to make his mark.
“Goals and assists – I think that’s my game. I try to be quite a creative player. I think the hardest thing to do in this league is score goals so if I can do that, that would be great," said Boyd.
“The final third is the big difference. You find at is level teams only usually need on chance and it’s a goal.
“You don’t get five or six chances as you do in the Premier League but I’m sure we’ve got the players to take advantage of those chances.”
He added: “The experience with mostly Championship players with Hull coming up, the more experience you get of playing week in, week out in the Premier League you get that confidence that you deserve to be at this level, and I’m sure that will happen here and we can kick on."
Burnley boss Sean Dyche said the club acted quickly when they heard of Boyd’s availability, with Scotland international’s versatility a key factor, but not the only one.
“You’ll have seen him left, right, the number 10 playing out of a three in midfield. We want that flexibility and we need it to some degree because of the squad size and the squad numbers,” said boss Dyche.
“He’s a player me and my staff have liked for a long time. The reason for the lateness of it was purely that we didn’t think he was available.
“His availability was only in a matter of days really, (Hull City manager) Steve Bruce is a big fan of his but just felt that he didn't want to hold him back more than anything.
“There’s certainly no lack of physicality from him. We know the distances he covers and the way he looks after himself, but also the quality.
“You look at his record down the years, he scores goals, he can create goals.
“We’ve gone up a level and that's harder to do so we need the people who can do it.”