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Burnley striker Paterson ready to face old club Stoke

Burnley striker Martin Paterson is ready to face old club Stoke City in their Premiership opener.

"We've got to play Stoke some time," the 22-year-old striker told The Sentinel, "so why not on the first day?

"I said to my old man the other day 'Imagine if we get Stoke at the Britannia on the first day', and now it's come true.

"I always wanted to play in the Premier League at the Britannia. It's not quite how I imagined it, but it will be good to be back there."

Paterson rose through the ranks at Stoke before reluctantly deciding to leave two years ago because of limited opportunities, first joining Scunthorpe and then Burnley.

"I suppose going back for such a big game will be emotional," he continued, "but, to be honest, it was more emotional for me when I left the club.

"I think I've since grown up as a player and a person in the two years since. I've played a ridiculous amount of games, including 58 for Burnley last season, and I'm not the same lad I was at Stoke.

"People thought Burnley weren't a massive club and maybe wondered why I joined them last summer, but I had a gut feeling about the club and the manager Owen Coyle."

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