Jeff Hendrick is determined to prove his worth at Burnley after making his Premier League debut on Saturday.
The 24 year old made the move on Deadline Day after a summer of speculation, and he told the Burnley Express that he didn’t have to think twice about the move from Derby;
“There was no hesitation, not at all. It’s Premier League football. They did so well last year, they were top of the league and went on a great unbeaten run at the end. It’s a hard working team. I heard the group was great as well and everyone I talked to about the manager had praise for him so why wouldn’t I take the opportunity?”
The Irish midfielder replaced former Burnley record signing Steven Defour after 75 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Hull, and is eager to force his way into Sean Dyche’s plans at Turf Moor;
“I’ll knuckle down come Monday and start working hard again. If I get selected I’m going to make sure I’m ready to keep the spot.”
Hendrick scored his first Ireland goal against Serbia in his 26th cap last week, and he will be hoping he to carry his impressive international form into the Premier League campaign.
He seems unfazed by his £10.5 million price tag – a club record fee- and is relishing the challenge ahead at the newly promoted side;
“I think I’ve got to take it as a compliment really. The club were willing to pay that and know I’ve got to show that I’m worth it, I’ve got to put performances in every week and that’s the challenge for me. I look forward to it.”