Burnley midfielder Ashley Westwood has signed a new three-year contract with the Clarets.

The 30-year-old's current deal was due to expire in the summer but he has put pen to paper on fresh terms until June 2023.

The midfielder has emerged as a key player for the Clarets over the last couple of season's and swept the board at the club's player of the year awards in 2019.

Manager Sean Dyche has been keen to tie down his out of contract players to new deals having already taken up the option on Ben Mee's contract.

The likes of Jack Cork, Matt Lowton and Phil Bardsley are among a large cluster of Clarets whose deals expire in 2021.

Speaking about the importance of retaining key players, Dyche said: We are trying to make sure we are on top of the contract situation, the chairman and the board know the contract situation quite obviously.

"That is an important factor, keeping our top players here and keeping our young players here who are developing because we do believe in what we do here.

"It is not just about players coming from the outside in. Of course that is something we still want to flex but we still want to keep our group together, make sure they are being looked after and that they are under contract here."

Westwood joined the club from Aston Villa for around £5million in 2017 and has made more than 100 appearances for the Clarets.

After signing his extension, Westwood said: “I’m delighted to finally get it done.

“Ever since I’ve been here, I’ve been welcomed. The gaffer has been brilliant, the lads are phenomenal and the fans have taken to me, which is the main thing. It really feels like home now.

“I still feel I’ve got plenty more to give. I feel fit, touch wood I’ve been lucky with injuries, and the way we train and do things here stands me in good stead for, hopefully, a long career.”

He added: “Since coming here, the gaffer has got me playing forward a lot more and it’s showed in my assists and creating chances.

“It feels like it’s been a perfect fit for me and I’m thoroughly enjoying it.

“It’s a club that is still on the up. We are a squad that pulls together and we are hopefully adding a couple to that now."