Why Burnley’s move to extend 30-year-old star’s contract is a brilliant decision

Ashley Westwood (Getty Images)
Ashley Westwood (Getty Images)

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Why Ashley Westwood signing new contract at Burnley is a brilliant move

Ashley Westwood has agreed to a contract extension at Burnley (h/t Burnley Express). His previous contract was due to expire at the end of the season but a deal has been agreed that will extend his stay at the club.

The player was thankful after the extension and praised his manager and teammates. Sean Dyche was also happy at this decision.


Ashley Westwood started his youth career at Crewe Alexandra. In 2008, he was promoted to the first-team but was immediately loaned out to Nantwich Town for the season.

Ashley Westwood - Player profile 20/21 | Transfermarkt

He spent just one month on loan there before returning to the club. By 2009, he had established himself as an important member of the squad. He went on to play 142 times for them, scoring 15 times and assisting 20 (source – Transfermarkt).

In 2012, he moved to Aston Villa. He featured for them 162 times, scoring 5 and assisting 13. Finally, he moved to Burnley in 2017 and has made over 100 appearances for them to date. Westwood has not featured for England so far.

Why a new contract is a good move for the club

Burnley have very few players who can play in defensive midfield, with Westwood being one of them. This is reason enough to renew his contract at the club.

The Ashley Westwood contract news Burnley fans have been waiting for - LancsLive

He has been one of the club’s best servants in the time he has been there. Providing vital protection to the backline by playing in front of the defence. He has also been quite a utility player for the club, playing a bit higher up too.

On top of that, he has stayed injury-free and played more than 30 games in all but one season at Burnley. He has been professional at the club in his behaviour and performances. There is not a lot more Burnley could do other than provide him with a new contract for his service to the club.