Burnley skipper Shackell will grab his second chance

Jason Shackell

Jason Shackell

First published in Football Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Burnley FC reporter

CLARETS captain Jason Shackell is hoping for more than a brief encounter with the Premier League second time around.

The defender played 11 times for Norwich in his only other taste of the top flight, in the 2004/05 season when the Canaries ultimately suffered relegation on the final day.

Shackell admits there were times when he wondered whether a second chance would come around.

But now it has, after skippering Burnley to automatic promotion last season, he is determined to savour it.

“You always dream there’ll be another opportunity,” said the 30-year-old.

“Last year was a phenomenal year and we’ve worked hard to get this opportunity. Now we need to make the most of it and give it our all in every game.

“We’re realistic, we know it’s going to be really tough, we’re going to be up against it, and I’m sure there’ll be ups and downs along the way.

“We just need to remain level-headed throughout it and not get to low about anything. If we don’t get too carried away then I’m sure we’ll surprise one or two.”

Ahead of the season opener at home to Chelsea on Monday night, Shackell said: “As soon as you get promoted you know you’re going to be coming up against all these players at some point during the season, so why not bring them here at the start.

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“It’s going to be great for the fans, the place will be packed, and it’ll be a fun one to get stuck in to at the start.”

He added: “It’s more excitement than anything; it’s not really nerves.

“You know it’s going to be tough – there’s no point in being unrealistic. But these are the players that you want to play against and test yourself against.

“It’ll be a tough challenge, but we’ll be well prepared.”

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7:23pm Tue 12 Aug 14

garry_stockton says...

You will put Costa in your pocket Shacks, usual no frills game, but watch for the acting he's a born prima Donna.
Good Luck UTC
You will put Costa in your pocket Shacks, usual no frills game, but watch for the acting he's a born prima Donna. Good Luck UTC garry_stockton
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8:50am Wed 13 Aug 14

houseclaret says...

A good and realistic frame of mind from the man. I think he's echoing the hopes and dreams of all Clarets fans for the coming season. It's going to be tough and we aspire to survival at this point, nothing more. Anything else would be just a bonus.
5 days to go. Let's just go there and make the noise that we know can come from a full house on the Turf. And remember, this is a Monday night match and we all know about Burnley's "midweek" form at home. Let's hope that this can give us an edge. A point would be good to start the season, especially with this opposition.
Can't wait!!!
A good and realistic frame of mind from the man. I think he's echoing the hopes and dreams of all Clarets fans for the coming season. It's going to be tough and we aspire to survival at this point, nothing more. Anything else would be just a bonus. 5 days to go. Let's just go there and make the noise that we know can come from a full house on the Turf. And remember, this is a Monday night match and we all know about Burnley's "midweek" form at home. Let's hope that this can give us an edge. A point would be good to start the season, especially with this opposition. Can't wait!!! houseclaret
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10:39am Wed 13 Aug 14

RobH2O . says...

houseclaret wrote:
A good and realistic frame of mind from the man. I think he's echoing the hopes and dreams of all Clarets fans for the coming season. It's going to be tough and we aspire to survival at this point, nothing more. Anything else would be just a bonus.
5 days to go. Let's just go there and make the noise that we know can come from a full house on the Turf. And remember, this is a Monday night match and we all know about Burnley's "midweek" form at home. Let's hope that this can give us an edge. A point would be good to start the season, especially with this opposition.
Can't wait!!!
Fingers' crossed for the lads. 6 home wins, 3 away wins 6 home draws and 5 away draws will see us stay up. A certain person with 47,398 IDs will come on here and say that's 18 defeats. But we stay up, so see if I care!

UTC.
[quote][p][bold]houseclaret[/bold] wrote: A good and realistic frame of mind from the man. I think he's echoing the hopes and dreams of all Clarets fans for the coming season. It's going to be tough and we aspire to survival at this point, nothing more. Anything else would be just a bonus. 5 days to go. Let's just go there and make the noise that we know can come from a full house on the Turf. And remember, this is a Monday night match and we all know about Burnley's "midweek" form at home. Let's hope that this can give us an edge. A point would be good to start the season, especially with this opposition. Can't wait!!![/p][/quote]Fingers' crossed for the lads. 6 home wins, 3 away wins 6 home draws and 5 away draws will see us stay up. A certain person with 47,398 IDs will come on here and say that's 18 defeats. But we stay up, so see if I care! UTC. RobH2O .
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