Matt Lowton is hoping a return to normality will serve Burnley well when the new season comes around. 

The Clarets will have a more conventional build-up to the next Premier League campaign as they are not in Europa League action. 

Twelve months ago Sean Dyche's side had finished an impressive seventh to set up a first European campaign in more than half a century. 

It meant the 2018-19 season began on July 26 with a trip to Aberdeen. 

It took its toll in the league with Burnley struggling in the relegation zone come Christmas time, a revival in 2019 needed to ensure a fourth straight season in the top flight was secured. 

"We enjoyed the Europa League while it was there," said Lowton, who made 24 appearances in all competitions last season. 

"It was great for the club and there were lads, myself included, that had never done it. 

"We did enjoy it but it didn’t work out well for us come the weekend. 

"It will be back to normality for us next season and a good, hard pre-season ahead of the season."

The Clarets will be keen to pick up from where they left off having finished 15th in the top flight. 

They were three points adrift of safety on Boxing Day after a concerning 5-1 defeat at home to Everton. 

But 2019 saw Burnley get back to what made them such a surprise package in the top flight 12 months prior. 

"We want to start brightly and hit the ground running as we did last season," said Lowton. 

"We’ll be working hard throughout the summer and pre-season to make sure we’re ready and try and keep the form through the second half of the season."

Last summer's Europa League adventure saw the Clarets play their two-legged affair against Aberdeen and travel to Istanbul Basaksehir before the Premier League season even began. 

This time around it will be a more straightforward pre-season with details to be confirmed.