Jonty Mark

By Jonty Mark

Football Editor

Burnley hand Foster new five-year deal

'I have really enjoyed working here and I’m pleased to extend my stay,' Foster told the club's official website.

English Premier League side Burnley have shown their faith in Bafana Bafana striker Lyle Foster, who has signed a new five-year deal with the Clarets.

The 23 year-old has been rewarded for a fantastic start to the season with Vincent Kompany’s side, which has seen him net three goals in seven Premier League appearances, as well as providing two assists.

“I’m very happy to stay here. It’s a Club with very good people and I have really enjoyed working here and I’m pleased to extend my stay,” Foster told the club’s official website.

“The supporters, Turf Moor, everything here. The way we organise ourselves and our standards something I fell in love with.

“It’s a club that pushes towards excellence and that’s something I want to be a part of.”

While Foster has made a good start to the campaign, Burnley are struggling, with just one league win to show for their efforts up to now.

“I’m trying to stay focussed and continue working hard. It’s a long season with lots of tough games but as time goes on I think we will grow stronger,” added Foster.

‘No need to stress’

“We will have a good season. I have plenty of belief and confidence within the squad, the coaches and everyone around the building.

“There is no need to stress. Just enjoy what we’re doing and there’s a recipe for success.”

Foster initially signed for Burnley from Belgian side Westerlo in January of this year on a four-and-a-half year deal. This new deal, however, will keep him under contract for an extra year, until 2028.

The former Orlando Pirates striker struggled to break into the Burnley team as they won promotion to the Premier League. But after a full pre-season, he has become and essential part of the starting line up.

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