Iwelumo explains Clarets move
Burnley's latest new signing Chris Iwelumo does not see the move to Turf Moor as a step backwards.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 03/06/10 2:09pm
Burnley's latest new signing Chris Iwelumo does not see the move to Turf Moor as a step backwards, despite dropping down from the Premier League.
The Scotland international became the Clarets' second signing of the close season when he signed a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee from Wolves.
The 6ft 4in striker struggled to break into the Wolves first-team last season after breaking his foot in pre-season and he told skysports.com that he felt he needed a new challenge in his career.
"I had a good chat with Mick McCarthy at the end of the season and obviously everybody wants to play as much as possible, so I felt that if I stayed at Wolves it would be similar to what happened this year," said Iwelumo.
"I enjoyed my time there immensely, but you want to be playing and be a part of every game.
"The formation we went with last season, with Kevin Doyle up front on his own, which I thought he did very well in, made my chances of first-team football limited.
"I just thought that it was time for me to move on and go somewhere the chances of me playing were better.
"I was a little unlucky with the injuries and you could say why not give it a good go during pre-season and see how it goes until Christmas, but Burnley is a fantastic opportunity for me.
"The injuries did hamper me a little last season because obviously it isn't ideal breaking your foot two weeks into the season, so all that hard work in pre-season goes to waste, but these things happen in football and it is how you come back from them that matters.
"That is all behind me now and I am in a good place, looking forward to a fresh challenge with Burnley."