Lafferty signs new Burnley deal
The left-back, who’s contract with the Clarets was up at the end of last season, is already looking forward to testing himself at places like Old Trafford, City of Manchester Stadium, Anfield, Stamford Bridge and Emirates Stadium.
Lafferty also admitted helping Sean Dyche’s side clinching promotion still really hasn’t hit home yet.
“I’m not sure if the reality of playing in the Premier League has fully sunk in yet,” he conceded.
“I’ll be pinching myself when I do. To walk out at Old Trafford or Anfield would be unbelievable considering where I was three years ago.
“It’s very exciting for me to have signed a new contract and I’m quite flattered by it to be honest.
“I didn’t play as much as I’d like this season, and only about 40 times since I’ve been at the club, so for the manager to turn around and give me three years, as a player with no Premier League experience, was a boost.
“There are guys who played a lot more than me this year who’ve been let go, so for the manager to show that faith in me is very nice and I want to repay that on the pitch in the next few years.
“In pre-season I want to be competing and fighting for my place.”
The 25-year-old who is expected to line-up for Northern Ireland against Uruguay on Saturday night is already looking forward to the test in Montevideo.
“They’re going to the World Cup and they’re going all out to prepare for that,” he added.
“It will be a phenomenal experience and one I was never going to pull out of.
“Where do you start with teams like Uruguay and Chile?
“No matter what side they put out they possess unbelievable quality and they draw their players from the top clubs throughout Europe and South America.
“It’s a massive opportunity, maybe a once-in-a-career chance.”