Armstrong stretches his contract

Last updated : 23 May 2002 By Tony Scholes

Stretch started the season in the first team was a regular in the side, mainly at left back, until the 3-0 defeat at Wolves in October. It was some four months before he started another game and in fact made only two more first team starts. He had been substituted by half time in both of them. He was offered a new one year deal and has now signed it.

He joined the Clarets just after the start of the 1998/99 season and made his debut the following day in a 3-1 defeat at Walsall. He scored the Burnley goal that day and only Phil Gray and David Johnson have since scored on their debuts for the Clarets.

His last appearance was as a sub at Portsmouth, coming on for Tony Grant, and this was his 99th league appearance for the Clarets. In total he has now played 529 league games in his career scoring 59 goals.

He will be 35 in July and given his lack of first team opportunities during the last season he is not expected to be pushing for a place in the starting line up come August. Recently he has been out watching the Toulon Under 20 tournament where his younger brother Chris, now at Oldham, was playing for England.