adidas originals joggers Burnley new boy Tendayi Darikwa keen to make right back position his own
“I knew coming into the club that there are a lot of good players here but I wouldn’t have joined the football club if I didn’t think I could play,” he said.
“I’ve signed for the club on the basis of trying to break into the team, although I know that’s not going to be an easy job.
Darikwa says he has been signed as a right back but he has also previously played on the right wing during his time at Chesterfield under the management of ex Burnley midfielder Paul Cook.
“He was great for me, he’s helped me a lot in my career,” Darikwa said of the former Stanley boss.
“If needs be I can always help out further up the field but I think I’ve joined the club predominately as a full back.
“But as long as I’m out there I’m happy to play anywhere.”
Burnley fended off competition from other clubs for Darikwa’s signature.
Preston North End previously saw a bid rejected, although the player himself preferred to focus on the club he made his debut for in Michael Duff’s testimonial match at home to Bradford City on Saturday.
“I came up on Wednesday evening, the manager had a few meetings on Thursday so I was in the town for a while on Thursday but I got the deal over the line on Thursday night.
“I trained on Friday for the first time and I didn’t have my boots. The first session could have gone horribly wrong!
“But the boots I wore weren’t too bad, they were some brand new Adidas ones. I’m just grateful to the club for looking after me the way they have.
“Thankfully I managed to get back home and get my stuff and played on Saturday.”
Burnley received good news yesterday on Norwegian midfielder Fredrik Ulvestad, who was stretchered off during Saturday’s match and taken to hospital for X rays.
But the X rays showed no break and Ulvestad suffered only a twisted ankle.
The club say that will require ‘a period of rest’ and have given no indication yet whether or not Ulvestad will be ready to feature at Leeds.
Meanwhile, Shrewsbury Town boss Micky Mellon, the former Burnley player, says the Clarets are yet to meet the League One club’s valuation for 18 year old Josh Ginnelly but he expects the player to move to Turf Moor.