Burnley have signed midfielder Josh Cullen from Anderlecht on a 3-yr contract for an undisclosed charge.
Cullen commenced his career in West Ham’s youth academy from the age of 9 yrs-aged and made his senior debut in July 2015, as the Hammers defeated Andorra’s Lusitanos in the to start with leg of the Very first Qualifying Round of that season’s UEFA Europa League.
The Republic of Eire international at some point went on to make 10 appearances for West Ham in whole across three seasons in between 2015-21 strategies, as he appreciated personal loan spells at Bradford City, Bolton Wanderers and Charlton Athletic throughout that time.
His performances whilst out on financial loan failed to persuade various West Ham managers to give him good initially-crew likelihood, nevertheless caught the eye of Anderlecht who signed the midfielder in Oct 2020 and Cullen went on to rating at the time in 77 appearances for the Belgian club.
For the duration of his time at Anderlecht, Cullen worked with supervisor, Vincent Kompany who this summer time was appointed as Burnley’s new long term supervisor with this transfer now reuniting the duo.
Speaking about his decision to return to England on a 3-12 months deal at Burnley until June 2025, Cullen mentioned: “I’m really happy. It is been a thing which is been going on for a pair of months now, so I’m just content it’s all performed and dusted. I’m wanting forward to the new time now.
“The year will appear all around quickly now. I just cannot wait to get the shirt on in some of the friendlies, and then the main celebration kicks off in a handful of weeks’ time.”
Cullen also spoke about his time playing under Kompany as he described his performances below the Belgian as “…playing the greatest soccer of my career beneath him.”
Outlining what manufactured him love his time less than Kompany further more, Cullen included: “I really like playing the fashion of participate in that he plays, and just all spherical I really enjoyed actively playing football for him so, of study course he was a large factor in the move.
“It was a new working experience for myself to go there and work under a person like the manager with the staff he has with him as very well. They really place a lot of time, effort and hard work and expense into the players as nicely as the team.
“They try out and develop players so for me, the two many years I put in beneath him were wonderful. I felt like I learnt masses about the match and seriously created my private recreation as nicely.”
Kompany meanwhile is “delighted” with Cullen’s arrival – obtaining identified him from his time at Anderlecht as “… a challenging-operating and courageous player, that will give almost everything for the crew and the Club.”
On what Cullen will incorporate to the Clarets’ midfield, Kompany additional: “Josh is an clever midfielder, who is good on the ball and will help enhance our side.”
Cullen is Burnley’s fifth lasting signing of this summer’s transfer window subsequent the arrivals of Scott Twine, Luke McNally, CJ Egan-Riley and Samuel Bastien, while Taylor Harwood-Bellis has joined on bank loan from Manchester City.
All 6 players could make their competitive debuts for Burnley away to Huddersfield in the 2022-23 Sky Wager Championship period-opener on Friday 29 July are living on Sky Athletics.