Beast and Stewart Keep On Burnley's Books!
It has been confirmed today that both Brian Jensen and Jon Stewart will remain Burnley players for the foreseeable future. Both keepers have accepted new deals offered by the club despite a period of uncertainty.
'The Beast' currently our longest serving player has agreed a 12-month contract extension which also includes agreement for a testimonial in recognition of his outstanding contribution involving now ten years of service with the Clarets. Jensen has made 307 appearances for Burnley since signing on a free transfer from West Bromwich Albion in June, 2003.
'I'm pleased he has signed,' said Howe.
'We always wanted him as part of the squad and his experience will be vital.
'He has a big part to play in being a role model for the other players and the young group of goalkeepers we are bringing through.
'It's important to have good professionals around them.
'We were also delighted to offer him a testimonial which is recognition of the outstanding service he has given to the club.
'We are aware how popular he is and when he has his testimonial game I am sure it will be a special day for him and the supporters.'
Third-string keeper, 23-year-old Jon Stewart has also signed a new contract to stay at the club and will now start a second season at Turf Moor after joining the Clarets last summer.
The former Bournemouth keeper provided back-up to Grant and Jensen for most of last season before spending a successful spell on loan with Alfreton Town helping the Derbyshire club retain their Blue Square Premier status.
It is thought that Stewart now may be allowed to move out on loan again to a Football League side to continue his development after spending pre-season at Turf Moor.
'I really enjoyed it at Alfreton and enjoyed playing. I played 11 games so I can't wait to play for Burnley or get out on loan again,' said Stewart.
'My plan is not to hang around. I am going to push myself to try and get in this team or get a club on loan.
'That's what going to happen. I don't want to waste any more time. I'm 23 now so I want to push on.'
'I will be trying my best in pre-season and see what I can do. I am confident I can play anywhere, but it's up the gaffer.
'If not, I will definitely get a loan club and see what I can do, like I did last year.
'It's a massive year. Last year I was just happy to be here to get back on my feet because I had some problems before.
'Going on loan at the end of last season I couldn't have done any more, so this year I am just focused on playing.'