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Burnley midfielder Barton: ‘I was a no-brainer if you wanted promotion’

Joey Barton believes signing him in the summer was an absolute 'no-brainer'.

The 33-year-old was snapped up on a free transfer by Burnley in August after holding talks with Premier League club West Ham United.

Barton, who had finished up with QPR at the end of last season, admitted he thought his services would be required by many clubs in the Championship and was surprised at the lack of movement second division side's made in attempting to sign him.

"I am 33, sitting there in the summer, everyone thinks you're done," Barton said.

"I probably thought my phone would ring a lot more than it did. Then it did ring, I thought this was going somewhere, then that was gone.

"It reiterates how fickle this industry is and how lazy people are. There's a lot of lazy people out there. If you did your due diligence and were smart and a forward-thinking organisation - certainly in the Championship - I was a no-brainer really if you wanted to get promotion.

"You see people spending money on players in that position, I am thinking, 'Wow'. But Burnley are obviously smarter than the average bear when it comes to that, you can see that in the recruitment over recent years.

"They operate within the means of the football club and they do prove you can get consistently good players if you are just smart and do your research."

Barton's thoughts have been vindicated by the fact he has made 19 league appearances for the Clarets who currently sit fourth on the Championship table.

Andrew Slevison
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