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Stephens completes the Burnley practice

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Stephens: "I come to a Premier League football club that has done well in this league over the past few years and I am looking forward to this challenge."

Last updated: 9/24/20 7:24 PM

Dale Stephens is pleased to return to the Lancashire area where he was born. Photo credit: Andy Ford / Burnley FC

Seasoned midfielder Dale Stephens has joined Burnley from Brighton for an undisclosed fee.

The 31-year-old has signed a two-year deal after having been in Brighton for the past six years and making 223 appearances.

He told the Burnley website: "I'm very happy. It probably took a few years longer than expected, but I'm happy to get over the line this week and finally become a Burnley player."

Stephens has signed a two year deal with Burnley. Photo credit: Andy Ford / Burnley FC

Stephens has signed a two year deal with Burnley. Photo credit: Andy Ford / Burnley FC

"I haven't been to the northwest in a while. It's nice to be back where the family lives.

"But most importantly, I am returning to a Premier League football club that has done well in this league over the past few years and I am looking forward to this challenge."

Burnley had long been interested in Stephens, who added: "I'm probably a better player now than when Burnley tried to sign me, with the experience I've had over the past three years.

"I've probably learned a lot in this division over the past few years.

"Individually, I would like to play as many games as possible at the highest possible level and together I want to help us improve as a team and finish as high as possible in the Premier League."

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Brighton head coach Graham Potter said: "The number of appearances Dale has made for the club speaks for his contribution to the team over the past few years.

"He's been a professional model all my time at the club, and as one of the more experienced members of our squad, he's been a huge influence and role model for the younger players.

"We have fantastic competition for midfield positions and with Dale's desire to play regularly this is a good move for both the club and Dale. He goes with our thanks and best wishes for the future."

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