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Monday 22 October 2018

Kevin gets Long contract

NEW DEAL: Kevin Long. Photo: Sportsfile
NEW DEAL: Kevin Long. Photo: Sportsfile

Ireland defender Kevin Long is in line for a testimonial with Premier League side Burnley after he agreed a contract extension.

And the Cork native says his form in the Premier League has helped him progress at international level.

Long (28) is one of the defenders vying for a slot in central defence alongside Shane Duffy in Saturday's meeting with Denmark.

"Playing in the Premier League is the highest level, which has definitely helped me," said Long.

"I'm delighted to have been called up by my country again and it's a big week for us."

Currently the longest-serving player at the Clarets, having signed from Cork City in 2010, Long only signed a new three-year deal last year.

But the club have opted to give him a longer-term contract on better terms and he's now signed up until 2021.

"Talks started at the end of last season and moved on from there," Long said.

"I came back in the summer to go again and I still really enjoy being here and I'm delighted that it will be for another three years.

"Ever since I've been here the club has gone from strength to strength. It's progressed massively and I think it will continue to do, as long as we keep making sure the performances on the pitch are moving forward."

Long had to wait until the 2014/15 season for his Premier League debut and his best run was in the 2016/17 campaign, where he scored once in 16 Premier League games. He has been capped eight times at senior level.

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