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David Edgar Signs New Deal Until 2014

David Edgar has signed a new contract at Turf Moor. The 24-year-old`s current contract had been due to expire at the end of next season but this has now been extended until June 2014.

The Canadian international signed from Newcastle United in July, 2009 for a fee set at an initial 300,000 by a transfer tribunal but then found his appearances for the Clarets limited both under Owen Coyle and Brian Laws. In his first two seasons at Turf Moor, he made just 14 appearances and was then sent out on loan to Swansea City before returning in the summer of 2010.

Eddie Howe though has shown faith in the defender and he is now a regular starter in the back four. He has played mainly in the centre of defence but has also recently played at right back standing in for the suspended Kieran Trippier. Edgar has started all but two Championship games this season and he now looks set to be a key member of the Clarets squad for the next few seasons at least.

"I think it`s a reward for his performances and also his attitude and how he has conducted himself," said Howe.

"He has shown a real willingness to improve on the training pitch, which is so important to us.

"I think he will only continue to get better and I think potentially he could be a real asset to this football club."

"David has had a good season. He has got better and better. He is a young footballing centre-half who previous to this season had not had many games or opportunities.

"We`ve continually picked him, which I think speaks volumes for his performances of late, especially where he has formed a good partnership with Ben and with Michael.

"Hopefully he will just get better and better and continue to develop in the way that we want.

"I think the good thing about David is that he is a terrific footballer and he really suits how we are trying to go in terms of playing out from the back.

"Hopefully, though, this isn`t the end. We don`t want David to take a backward step now. We want him to get even better and his aim should be to try and be my first choice centre-half."

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 12 2012

Time: 2:14PM

Your Comments

Good man, now all we need is news of Mee and that could come later today
turfmanphil
Great news,
Totally_Claret
Although I know that some people are anxious late on in games about David making errors in the last few moments, I am very pleased about this too. I like what Eddie Howe says about how eagerness to learn and willingness to work hard are really important to him. I probably erred too much, back in the summer of great debate about corporate finance and strategy, in giving Eddie and the Board the benefit of the doubt; and on more than one occasion certainly lost my nerve that it was ever going to pay off, as tmp will testify from those last few frantic minutes at WHU. But I really do now see a coherent strategy that balances ambition with the realities of being Burnley, and without becoming dependednt on a Sugar Daddy who may one day get bored. Either that, or I am just in a good mood, after seeing one of only five R*vers in the south coast town where I live, and shouting 'Kean is God' across the street and getting a reaction! Happy days!!!!
Couch Potato
Excellent news. Edgar has really proven this season that he is a top Championship defender. He has put in some incredible displays, especially of late, and I can only see him getting better and better with experience. He has a great attitude too, and has saved us many points this season, most notably against Brighton. I really like his approach, he never gives up, throws himself in front of everything and looks really solid in one on one situations. Not only that but it seems like he likes to pass the ball out of defence. A quality that lets us play with the fluidity that Eddie is trying to implement. This has let us become a really attractive footballing side, as we have demonstrated on many occasions. People argue that if we managed to win promotion this year, it would be too early for our young and inexperienced squad and we would just crash and burn in the Premier League. I strongly disagree with this assumption. Blackpool showed last year, and Swansea have especially shown this year, that if you go into games in the Premier League with a forward thinking attitude, a fast passing style of passing and you attack teams, you can be successful. This seems to be exactly what Eddie has been planning. To go up with a young and attacking squad to try and cut open teams in the Premier League. We would obviously need to strengthen defensively, but with the money generated in going up I think we could do that. Going up this season is by no means not on the cards, but it certainly wouldnt be a bad thing. Back to the topic though, just Ben Mee to go now. If we get him in I will be confident with the defensive aspects of the squad. But that isnt to say that we couldnt bring in one more.
AdamBurnleyFan
Very pleased he is our most inproved plyer so far this season.
Grimsby Claret
Good news but I still think we need at least some good back up for the defence and midfield. Also great to see Eddie's strategy working.
cornwallclaret
A very deserving contract extension! He has come on leaps and bounds this season as everyone else is commenting. What players are out of contract this season or the next? With Tripps signed, Edgar getting a longer contract and Mee looking likely soon I think we know how the back four will look for a couple of years. Also read that Trippier was only bought for 400,000 what a bargain and I would take that over 1.5million Mears. Furthermore on a downward note I read that Eddie isn't really concentrating on additions, could this mean we wont add until we sell? But on a Final positive note we haven't had any approaches for our players!
YorkshireClaret
I like Edgar and my only complaint is the individual errors that CP refers too - but I do think he is a decent defender. I always think back to his performance on his debut at Old Trafford. He and Duffo were both fantastic! This is good news, with Mee hopefully to follow as more good news - but lets not get carried away. All of these are already with us and this doesnt improve our chances THIS season.
Claretdale
That this news appears to be so welcomed says more to me about Burnley fans starting to believe in Eddie's vision than it does for the prowess of Edgar, after all he was often criticised until just a few matches ago (Hull away I guess). I'm firmly entrenched in the glass half full camp but after Barnsley away this season I thought I'd seen enough of Edgar - the problem was he seemed to be making the same mistakes, getting caught with the ball at his feet and struggling to judge the long ball. I'm sure many managers would not have tolerated such a sequence of performances, its certain that many fans didn't. I felt he was probably a stop gap but Eddie should know a decent centre half when he sees one, he's stood by him and improved him. And now this. The double at Hull and a run of clean sheets is testament to Eddie's belief in him. Well done to Edgar for knuckling down and getting on with it, I'm still not sure myself about his quality but he deserves real credit and everyone's support. What impresses me more is our focused young manager. He's ahead of his time and our supporters are just starting to get it.
cubanclaret
Let's not get too carried away with the deals/ signings so far, they have all been so far for players we already have! Yes,Howe might have the vision,yes we might achieve it sometime in the future but we are currently just three points off the play-offs, so where is the commitment to this season and NEW signings to supplement the squad?
turfmanphil
Edger deserving of his chance playing well, and keen to learn, nothing better than enthusiasm! well done son
hollinsclaret
He has been greatly helped I think by having Duff next to him although he is also looking better when playing with Mee in the centre. Not a full back though is he?
turfmanphil
 

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