Johann Berg Gudmundsson wants to help Burnley get back to the Premier League after re-joining the Clarets on a one-year deal.

Gudmundsson departed Turf Moor earlier this summer following the expiry of his contract. The Iceland international said an emotional farewell during the final day defeat against Nottingham Forest.

However, a chance meeting with chairman Alan Pace helped open the door  to his return to East Lancashire.

He told the club website: "I’m back and I’m extremely happy, this club means so much to me.

“Leaving the club in the situation it was, getting relegated, was difficult. I didn’t want to leave, I wanted to help get us back into the Premier League where we belong. I knew my football career was definitely not over.

“I was on the same flight from Amsterdam as Alan Pace and we had a good conversation about the club and what we could do to get it back in to the Premier League, where it belongs, and here I am, signing again as a Burnley player.

“I’ve also spoken with the new manager (Scott Parker) and I just want to help this team to get back to the Premier League.

“It’s going to be hard. The Championship is extremely hard but the talent we have in this squad, and the experience we have in this squad, we can look at this season in a positive way.

“We know we've got to work hard. It’s not enough to have talent in this league - you have to work hard every day, every game, and that’s why I’m here to make sure that’s what we’re going to do.”

Parker was named the new head coach at Turf Moor on Friday night, succeeding Vincent Kompany after the Belgian left to take charge at Bayern Munich.

Burnley kick off the Championship season on Monday, August 12 with a trip to Luton Town, who were also relegated from the top flight last term.