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Duff to be offered terms as Trippier talks over new Turf contract
LONG-serving Claret Michael Duff is to be rewarded for his part in Burnley’s promotion season with the offer of a new 12-month deal, taking the defender into his 11th season at Turf Moor.
And Kieran Trippier is also in talks over a new contract.
The 23-year-old Trippier still has a year left to run on the three-and-a-half year deal he signed from Manchester City in January 2012.
But the Clarets are keen to secure his longer term future as they prepare for life in the Premier League.
Junior Stanislas is also understood to have been offered new terms.
But Keith Treacy, David Edgar and Brian Stock have been released from the club at the end of their contracts.
Edgar is the longest serving of the exiting trio, having signed under Owen Coyle from Newcastle United ahead of Burnley’s last Premier League season in 2009.
The Canada international had a 12-month option on his current deal but the Clarets have decided not to take it up.
Stock has ended two years with the Clarets.
The midfielder was signed by Eddie Howe from Doncaster Rovers in 2011 in a deal worth around £100,000, reuniting the former Bournemouth team-mates.
He made 29 appearances in his first season, but became more of a squad player this term, playing in 13 league and cup games.
Treacy was also signed by Howe, from Preston, but was given a new lease of life with the change of manager in October 2012.
However, the Republic of Ireland international winger has not been offered new terms, but has the chance of a pre-season trial.
Young right back Luke O'Neill is thought to have had a one-year option activated.
Right back Trippier was voted into the PFA Championship team of the season for the second year running, and after winning Burnley’s player of the year award at the end of his first full season came close again this term, pipped by Sam Vokes.
Trippier stepped down from the Premier League to join the Clarets permanently after a successful loan spell, having found first team opportunities hard to come by at the Etihad.
He is looking forward to facing Manchester City next season, having made what he describes as the best decision of his life in joining Burnley.
“I’m just looking to play in the Premier League now I want to play against the best players, the best teams and better myself,” said Trippier.
“That’s my dream since I was at Manchester City.
“I’m looking forward to going to the Etihad. City let me go and I don’t think I got the opportunity there, but I came here and I’ve enjoyed myself.
“I’ve been here three seasons now and been player of the year and got a promotion, so it’s not been bad!
“I’ve always said to myself, my dad, my mum, I’ll never make a better decision in my career to sign for Burnley.”
Bury-born Trippier, who is currently based in Ramsbottom, added: “I’ve got a year left, I’m enjoying my football here, and we’re in talks.
“I’m happy at Burnley, I’m 10 minutes away, close to my family and friends, so we’ll see what happens.”
For the moment, he is revelling in his first promotion.
“What a set of lads. You have to cherish these moments,” he said.
“Look at last year, Heats (Tom Heaton) got relegated with Bristol City and now he’s part of the defence with the best record in the Championship. It’s been unbelievable.”
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