Jensen and Stewart sign new Burnley deals

TESTIMONIAL YEAR: Brian Jensen

TESTIMONIAL YEAR: Brian Jensen

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LONG-SERVING goalkeeper Brian Jensen has signed a new deal at Turf Moor which will take him up to a decade of service for Burnley.

Jensen has penned a 12-month contract extension which includes provision for a testimonial in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Clarets.

John Stewart.''Photos by Andrew Smith

John Stewart.''Photos by Andrew Smith

And in a double goalkeeping boost, Jon Stewart has also signed a new contract to stay with the Clarets.

Jensen has made 307 appearances for Burnley since signing on a free transfer from West Bromwich Albion in June, 2003.

The 37-year-old Dane played just a handful of games last season due to injury and the form of Lee Grant but after regaining fitness and a starting place for the final game of the campaign has confirmed his place in manager Eddie Howe’s plans for a further year.

“I’m pleased he has signed,” said Howe.

“We always wanted him as part of the squad and his experience will be vital.

“He has a big part to play in being a role model for the other players and the young group of goalkeepers we are bringing through.

“It’s important to have good professionals around them.

“We were also delighted to offer him a testimonial which is recognition of the outstanding service he has given to the club.

“We are aware how popular he is and when he has his testimonial game I am sure it will be a special day for him and the supporters.”

Meanwhile, Stewart will start a second season at Turf Moor after joining the Clarets last summer.

The former Bournemouth keeper provided back-up to Grant and Jensen for much of the season before spending a successful spell on loan with Alfreton Town.

The 23-year-old played a massive part in helping the Derbyshire club retain their Blue Square Premier status, finishing on the losing side only twice in 11 games.

And Stewart may be allowed to move out on loan again to a Football League side to continue his development after spending pre-season at Turf Moor.

“I really enjoyed it at Alfreton and enjoyed playing. I played 11 games so I can’t wait to play for Burnley or get out on loan again,” said Stewart.

“My plan is not to hang around. I am going to push myself to try and get in this team or get a club on loan.

“That’s what going to happen. I don’t want to waste any more time. I’m 23 now so I want to push on.”

He added: “I will be trying my best in pre-season and see what I can do. I am confident I can play anywhere, but it’s up the gaffer.

“If not, I will definitely get a loan club and see what I can do, like I did last year.

“It’s a massive year. Last year I was just happy to be here to get back on my feet because I had some problems before.

“Going on loan at the end of last season I couldn’t have done any more, so this year I am just focused on playing.”

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