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Baird in top flight bid

Chris Baird is determined to grace the Premier League again, be that with Burnley or a different club.

The 32-year-old defender has spent the vast majority of his career turning out at the highest level with Southampton and Fulham.

He took a step down to join Reading last summer as a free agent, but was released by the Royals in January.

It did not take him long to find another Championship employer, with Burnley offering Baird a short-term contract through to the end of the season.

The Northern Ireland international believes he has linked up with a club heading back to the big time, and that is where he feels that he still belongs.

Baird told the Burnley Express: "I think so, yes.

"I want another shot at it, that's for sure. Whether it's here or somewhere else, we'll see what happens.

"I don't want to jinx things and say they're already there. We're just taking each game as it comes, we'll see."

Baird is determined to avoid any more uncertainty when it comes to his future having endured a testing time in the wake of his departure from Fulham in 2013.

He added: "At the start of the season I was just training by myself, I wasn't even at Reading at the time.

"They got a few injuries and I went there, got a few games and then got injured and ended up in the same situation.

"It was really frustrating, it's so hard training by yourself, at home on the treadmill trying to keep my fitness up as best I could. It's just not the same as it is with a group, training properly.

"When Reading came along I took that chance. I got injured at the wrong time, the deal finished and then, although I was training with Reading, I was in the same situation.

"When Burnley came knocking, it was no option."