Burnley have signed midfielder Josh Cullen from Anderlecht on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
Cullen commenced his career inside of West Ham’s youth academy from the age of 9 years-outdated and built his senior debut in July 2015, as the Hammers defeated Andorra’s Lusitanos in the first leg of the Initial Qualifying Round of that season’s UEFA Europa League.
The Republic of Eire international eventually went on to make 10 appearances for West Ham in overall across three seasons in between 2015-21 strategies, as he liked bank loan spells at Bradford Metropolis, Bolton Wanderers and Charlton Athletic across that time.
His performances although out on loan failed to persuade different West Ham professionals to give him right to start with-team odds, however caught the eye of Anderlecht who signed the midfielder in Oct 2020 and Cullen went on to score when in 77 appearances for the Belgian club.
Throughout his time at Anderlecht, Cullen worked with supervisor, Vincent Kompany who this summer season was appointed as Burnley’s new long lasting supervisor with this move now reuniting the duo.
Speaking about his choice to return to England on a three-12 months agreement at Burnley right until June 2025, Cullen stated: “I’m actually joyful. It is been a little something that is been heading on for a pair of weeks now, so I’m just pleased it’s all performed and dusted. I’m hunting ahead to the new year now.
“The period will arrive all-around speedy now. I simply cannot hold out to get the shirt on in some of the friendlies, and then the primary event kicks off in a several weeks’ time.”
Cullen also spoke about his time taking part in beneath Kompany as he described his performances less than the Belgian as “…playing the ideal soccer of my profession below him.”
Explaining what made him enjoy his time under Kompany even further, Cullen extra: “I adore enjoying the design and style of engage in that he plays, and just all spherical I seriously liked participating in football for him so, of system he was a big component in the shift.
“It was a new encounter for myself to go there and perform below an individual like the manager with the team he has with him as perfectly. They definitely put a good deal of time, energy and financial commitment into the gamers as well as the workforce.
“They check out and develop players so for me, the two a long time I put in below him were amazing. I felt like I learnt hundreds about the game and seriously designed my personal game as nicely.”
Kompany meanwhile is “delighted” with Cullen’s arrival – acquiring recognised him from his time at Anderlecht as “… a challenging-performing and courageous player, that will give anything for the workforce and the Club.”
On what Cullen will include to the Clarets’ midfield, Kompany extra: “Josh is an intelligent midfielder, who is good on the ball and will enable enhance our facet.”
Cullen is Burnley’s fifth everlasting signing of this summer’s transfer window following the arrivals of Scott Twine, Luke McNally, CJ Egan-Riley and Samuel Bastien, although Taylor Harwood-Bellis has joined on personal loan from Manchester Metropolis.
All 6 gamers could make their aggressive debuts for Burnley absent to Huddersfield in the 2022-23 Sky Wager Championship period-opener on Friday 29 July live on Sky Sports.