Carlisle expects Clarets challenge

Defender believes Burnley well equipped for Championship

Carlisle: Positive

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Burnley defender Clarke Carlisle sees no reason why Brian Laws' squad cannot challenge for promotion next term after relegation.

Despite a lively start to life in the Premier League it proved a season of struggle for the Clarets who eventually went down.

Carlisle believes with the nucleus of the squad remaining then Burnley's squad is well-equipped to challenge for the promotion places next season.

The experienced defender thinks that even without any new additions the wealth of the club's emerging talent stands them in good stead.

Nucleus

"I think we have not got just a nucleus, we have got an excellent squad for the Championship and we should be challenging, even before any additions," he told the Lancashire Telegraph.

"We have a squad with a massive amount of experience and some young players who will have gained a lot of experience from last season.

"We have got a lot of depth and I think we have got a fantastic chance."

Carlisle recently signed a new two-year deal with Burnley and is determined to help the club bounce back after a poor finish to their maiden Premier League campaign.

Disappointment

"The end of the season was a disappointment but that's gone already," he continued.

"We have got a Championship season to focus on and I am looking forward to making a challenge.

"Financially, the club is in a fantastic position to make improvements around the stadium, the training ground and to the squad.

"That is one of the benefits of last season. The chairman has been very frugal and so from a business point of view we are in a strong position.

"From a squad point of view we are also in a very strong position so we have to amalgamate the two to make sure we get a winning formula."