Duff can play on and on, says Dyche

Lancashire Telegraph: Michael Duff Michael Duff

SEAN Dyche thinks veteran centre back Michael Duff can play on ‘as long as he wants’ after having a key role in Burnley’s fine first half of the season.

Duff is expected to start once more when Burnley host Blackpool this afternoon and turns 36 on January 11, when he will surpass the age at which Clarets boss Dyche called a halt to his own playing career in 2007.

The long-serving defender’s current contract expires in the summer but Duff has been a mainstay of the Clarets side this term and Dyche sees no reason why that form cannot continue.

“Duffo has got an open chance of playing for as long as he wants,” said the manager.

“I don’t look at his age, it doesn’t bother me.

“I look at what he’s doing for the team and how he’s developing.

“If you’re playing well, age is irrelevant to me. There are many players who can go on well into their 30s and their late 30s, if not Teddy Sheringham and others who have played to 40-odd.”

Duff featured 28 times last season, triggering a one-year extension to his Turf Moor deal.

He has already played 16 games this term, making his 300th appearance for Burnley in September, and Dyche sees the desire for success that Duff clearly still possesses.

“I think the way players look after themselves now across the board has changed radically,” he said.

“The dietary support they get, the sports science support they get, analysis, we hope we look after them as well physically and mentally.

“So I think it’s open now for players, I think they can continue playing.

“The main thing when you get older is the hunger and the desire to perform. As long as you’ve got that, then that can take you a long way. He’s certainly shown great of signs of that.

“He’s enjoying his football, he’s enjoying being part of this group and he’s shown good signs of using his experience, so we’ll look for that to continue.”

Duff has formed a strong partnership with Jason Shackell in the centre of the Clarets defence.

Only QPR have conceded fewer than Burnley in the Championship, with Dyche’s side shipping only 14 goals in 20 matches.

“I think they’ve done very well,” Dyche said of the central defensive partnership.

“Kevin Long has done well when he’s had to, Laffers (Danny Lafferty) has come in, Tripps (Kieran Trippier) is having another good season as he does, Tom Heaton behind them, and Alex Cisak has come in and done well in the cup.

“There are good signs from all of the back five. Whichever way we have to do it they’ve shown good signs and that’s always pleasing for myself and my staff, with the work we do on the training ground with them.”

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9:35am Sat 21 Dec 13

Rose Rouge says...

The only reason that Michael Duff will not play on for Burnley next season, is if promotion is achieved. He is still more than capable of playing at Championship level, but I can't see him being able to rise to the Premier League challenge a second time at the age of 36. He has been a fantastic servant for Burnley, and arguably one of the best value signings in the club's recent history.
The only reason that Michael Duff will not play on for Burnley next season, is if promotion is achieved. He is still more than capable of playing at Championship level, but I can't see him being able to rise to the Premier League challenge a second time at the age of 36. He has been a fantastic servant for Burnley, and arguably one of the best value signings in the club's recent history. Rose Rouge

12:21pm Sat 21 Dec 13

masher50 says...

Duff is a solid, "no frills" defender. His contribution is not just in his own game, but in his experience and ability to "read" the game, and organise the defence accordingly. As posted above, in the possible event of promotion, he may struggle against Premier opposition. But I still think he'd be worth a contract, as he'll have a part to play in the overall squad - maybe with a view to moving into coaching.
Duff is a solid, "no frills" defender. His contribution is not just in his own game, but in his experience and ability to "read" the game, and organise the defence accordingly. As posted above, in the possible event of promotion, he may struggle against Premier opposition. But I still think he'd be worth a contract, as he'll have a part to play in the overall squad - maybe with a view to moving into coaching. masher50

2:23pm Sat 21 Dec 13

FakeVilla_MTCabinet says...

masher50 wrote:
Duff is a solid, "no frills" defender. His contribution is not just in his own game, but in his experience and ability to "read" the game, and organise the defence accordingly. As posted above, in the possible event of promotion, he may struggle against Premier opposition. But I still think he'd be worth a contract, as he'll have a part to play in the overall squad - maybe with a view to moving into coaching.
He'll be playing for Burnley n the championship for the next decade. Promotion is not obtainable with this bunch of moneyball missfits. The two deluded fools above must be on acid
I predict another draw against Blackpool
[quote][p][bold]masher50[/bold] wrote: Duff is a solid, "no frills" defender. His contribution is not just in his own game, but in his experience and ability to "read" the game, and organise the defence accordingly. As posted above, in the possible event of promotion, he may struggle against Premier opposition. But I still think he'd be worth a contract, as he'll have a part to play in the overall squad - maybe with a view to moving into coaching.[/p][/quote]He'll be playing for Burnley n the championship for the next decade. Promotion is not obtainable with this bunch of moneyball missfits. The two deluded fools above must be on acid I predict another draw against Blackpool FakeVilla_MTCabinet

5:19pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Chris P Bacon says...

FakeVilla_MTCabinet wrote:
masher50 wrote:
Duff is a solid, "no frills" defender. His contribution is not just in his own game, but in his experience and ability to "read" the game, and organise the defence accordingly. As posted above, in the possible event of promotion, he may struggle against Premier opposition. But I still think he'd be worth a contract, as he'll have a part to play in the overall squad - maybe with a view to moving into coaching.
He'll be playing for Burnley n the championship for the next decade. Promotion is not obtainable with this bunch of moneyball missfits. The two deluded fools above must be on acid
I predict another draw against Blackpool
Well I predict you'll be on Burnley's threads demeaning the Claret's victory today, conveniently forget you predicted a draw and even more conveniently forget you'd hold your hand up in defeat if Burnley were still to be top on Christmas Day. They will be but your memory...oh what a tragedy!
[quote][p][bold]FakeVilla_MTCabinet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]masher50[/bold] wrote: Duff is a solid, "no frills" defender. His contribution is not just in his own game, but in his experience and ability to "read" the game, and organise the defence accordingly. As posted above, in the possible event of promotion, he may struggle against Premier opposition. But I still think he'd be worth a contract, as he'll have a part to play in the overall squad - maybe with a view to moving into coaching.[/p][/quote]He'll be playing for Burnley n the championship for the next decade. Promotion is not obtainable with this bunch of moneyball missfits. The two deluded fools above must be on acid I predict another draw against Blackpool[/p][/quote]Well I predict you'll be on Burnley's threads demeaning the Claret's victory today, conveniently forget you predicted a draw and even more conveniently forget you'd hold your hand up in defeat if Burnley were still to be top on Christmas Day. They will be but your memory...oh what a tragedy! Chris P Bacon

6:34pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Bfc88pc says...

FakeVilla_MTCabinet wrote:
masher50 wrote:
Duff is a solid, "no frills" defender. His contribution is not just in his own game, but in his experience and ability to "read" the game, and organise the defence accordingly. As posted above, in the possible event of promotion, he may struggle against Premier opposition. But I still think he'd be worth a contract, as he'll have a part to play in the overall squad - maybe with a view to moving into coaching.
He'll be playing for Burnley n the championship for the next decade. Promotion is not obtainable with this bunch of moneyball missfits. The two deluded fools above must be on acid
I predict another draw against Blackpool
Oi, I'm still waiting for an answer. Where are your team in the league?
[quote][p][bold]FakeVilla_MTCabinet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]masher50[/bold] wrote: Duff is a solid, "no frills" defender. His contribution is not just in his own game, but in his experience and ability to "read" the game, and organise the defence accordingly. As posted above, in the possible event of promotion, he may struggle against Premier opposition. But I still think he'd be worth a contract, as he'll have a part to play in the overall squad - maybe with a view to moving into coaching.[/p][/quote]He'll be playing for Burnley n the championship for the next decade. Promotion is not obtainable with this bunch of moneyball missfits. The two deluded fools above must be on acid I predict another draw against Blackpool[/p][/quote]Oi, I'm still waiting for an answer. Where are your team in the league? Bfc88pc

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