ASHLEY Barnes has highlighted the achievements of clubs like West Brom and Stoke City as examples for Burnley to follow as they look to build on Premier League survival.

The Clarets priority this season was staying in the top flight for the first time since 1974/75, something they secured with a few games to spare thanks to 10 home wins and the late success at Crystal Palace, when Barnes' goal set them on their way to a first away victory of the season.

But Burnley will be determined not to rest on their laurels this summer and Barnes wants to see them continue progressing as they look to establish themselves as a regular force in the Premier League, season after season.

"We’ve got to look at clubs like West Brom and Stoke that are in that middle bit of the table year in and year out and hopefully we can achieve that in seasons to come," the 27-year-old said.

"This is the hardest league in the world for me and to stay in it massive. Look at the likes of Sunderland, what a massive club they are and they’re down, and Newcastle last year.

"For us to go down and bounce back like we did was tremendous."

Burnley were as good as safe when they hit the 40 point mark with a 2-2 draw against West Brom at Turf Moor and they only time they spent in the bottom three all season was in the first week of the campaign after an opening day defeat to Swansea City.

Sean Dyche's side had been favourites for the drop in August but they confounded expectations to move clear of the relegation zone and Barnes believes the achievement of survival is one for everyone at the club to savour.

"It’s amazing for everyone involved with Burnley Football Club," he said. "It’s a massive, massive achievement. Everyone deserves a lot of credit, including the fans, everyone that supported us week in week out and singing their hearts out.

"For us as a group of players and staff and everyone involved it's a fantastic achievement."

Countless words and column inches have been devoted to the remarkable rise of Burnley under Dyche.

While the transfer record was broken three times last season Barnes is one of several members of the squad who have experienced the transformation around the club, having arrived midway through the first promotion season from the Championship.

And the former Brighton striker has seen the changes first hand in his three-and-a-half years at Turf Moor.

"This is the only club I've been at in the Premier League but it’s a massive step from when I first came here," he said.

"We’ve gone from being in the small building (at the training ground) and having just one pitch and now we’re in the new building, the gaffer has developed the club, we’ve got the new training ground and so many pitches to choose from now.

"It’s brilliant for the club and it can attract players, people want to come here because of how well we’re doing."