1 September 2014 12:50
Burnley have signed George Boyd from Hull City for an undisclosed fee, the winger penning a three-year deal at Turf Moor.
Boyd had fallen down the pecking order at the KC Stadium after Hull brought in Robert Snodgrass and Tom Ince during the close-season.
The Scotland international will now aim to earn regular first-team action at Turf Moor, as Sean Dyche’s side bid to preserve their Premier League status.
Hull initially signed Boyd on loan from Peterborough United midway through the 2012-13 season, before completing a permanent deal for the player at the end of the campaign.
He made 30 Premier League appearances for Steve Bruce’s men, scoring twice.
Burnley boss Dyche spoke of a desire to bring in reinforcements following Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Manchester United, which saw the newly promoted club pick up their first point of the campaign.
And Dyche revealed on Monday that he had been following the progress of the 28-year-old for some time.
“George is a player my staff and I have admired for a long time,” he said. “The reason for the lateness of this is purely because we didn’t think he was available.
“Everyone will have seen Steve [Bruce]’s comments about him as a person and although it’s not a pre-requisite, we like that professionalism from our player.
“There is certainly no lack of physicality from him and we know the distances he covers and how he looks after himself, but also the quality.
“We think we are getting a player whose record down the years shows he can score and create goals. We have gone up a level and that’s harder to do, so we need the players who can do that.
“People will have seen him left, right, as a number 10 and playing out of three in midfield. We want and need that flexibility.
“He has played at every level form Conference up and he has earned his spurs.
“That’s important because it shows that his mentality is solid and he knows the business he is in and is prepared to give everything to be a success and I like those types.”