Defender Matt Lowton is hoping to keep progressing with Burnley (25/1 – Top-Six Finish) after signing an improved three-year contract at Turf Moor until 2021.

The 29-year-old full-back has been a regular in Clarets boss Sean Dyche’s first-team plans since arriving on an initial three-year deal from Aston Villa for £1million plus add-ons in summer 2015.

Lowton helped the side secure promotion back to the Premier League in his first season at the club and then helped them remain in the top flight the following campaign.

He made 26 league appearances last term as Burnley finished seventh in the table and qualified for this season’s Europa League, for which they are 125/1 with Betfred to win.

And as Burnley prepare for Thursday’s second qualifying round, second-leg tie against Aberdeen (Burnley 3/10, Aberdeen 8/1, draw 7/1 – Match Result), which is finely poised at 1-1 from the first leg at Pittodrie last week, Lowton expressed his delight to be remaining in Lancashire for another three years.

He said: “I’m enjoying it, the same as I was the first time I walked in, so I’m looking forward to a large amount of my career being spent here.

“Since I’ve joined, the manager has helped me no end on my defensive shape. The attitude here day-to-day is what I really need. I need to be on it all the time and the manager makes sure that everybody is. I’ve definitely played my best football over the past couple of years.”

Lowton added: “The lads have been fantastic – the manager and the staff have all been brilliant – and it’s gone from strength to strength every year. Winning the Championship was one of the best days of my life and then staying up and qualifying for Europe, it’s just been building year on year.”

Odds subject to change.

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