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Burnley yet to begin talks to keep Dean Marney at Turf Moor
10:27am Wednesday 21st November 2012 in Sport
BURNLEY have yet to begin talks with Dean Marney over a new deal to keep the midfielder at Turf Moor.
The 28-year-old is one of seven key first team figures whose deals expire this summer.
Manager Sean Dyche recently indicated that he would soon be analysing the contract situations of a number of players before outlining whose services he intends to keep.
A further eight, including top scorer Charlie Austin, are out of contract at the end of the 2013/14 season.
Marney has revealed he has not yet been involved in any discussions about extending his current deal.
“The club hasn’t said anything to me,” he said.
“That’s out of my control really. That’s the club’s decision and the manager’s decision I suppose.”
The former Hull City player, who is preparing to return to face his old club at the weekend, has enjoyed a new lease of life since the appointment of new manager Dyche last month, having been given a more advanced role in midfield.
And he admitted he was happy to just concentrate on his game at the moment.
“I won’t worry about that (the contract). What will be, will be,” he said.
“I will just come in every day, play the games and give my all and see what happens.”
It is a case of so far, so good where Marney is concerned under Dyche – his third Burnley manager since arriving in the summer of 2010 under Brian Laws.
Not only has he impressed in the first four games of Dyche’s reign, he demonstrated his versatility by filling in at right back following Kieran Trippier’s dismissal against Charlton on Saturday.
The only aspect he feels he is missing from his game at the moment is goals, to back up his licence to roam forward.
“I have been getting in some great positions but I just can’t seem to get a goal at the moment,” said Marney, who has scored twice this season but only once in the league – in a 2-1 defeat at Leicester in September.
“I’m maybe just rushing and snatching at them at the minute.
“Since the gaffer has come in I have been working on my finishing and gone into the first couple of games confidence of scoring.
“I’ve had three or four really good chances, I just haven’t been able to take one. But I will just stay patient.
“If you don’t shoot, you don’t score.”
Scoring was not a problem for a strong Burnley XI that played Rochdale in a friendly at Gawthorpe yesterday.
The Clarets earned a 6-0 win thanks to a hat-trick from David Edgar, two for Wes Fletcher and a deflected Keith Treacy.