Kightly keen to stay a Claret
Michael Kightly scored two vital goals to help Burnley into the Barclays Premier League over the Easter weekend, and the on-loan winger would now like to make Turf Moor his permanent home.
Prior to last Friday, the 28-year-old had only netted twice during a season-long loan switch with the Clarets, but Kightly struck the winner at Blackpool on Good Friday before grabbing the second goal in a 2-0 win over Wigan 72 hours later which sent Burnley back into the top flight.
Kightly has been a regular in Sean Dyche's settled XI this term, occupying the opposite flank to Scott Arfield, and although he is due to return to Stoke after the final two fixtures, the ex-Wolves midfielder is keen on coming back to Burnley over the summer.
"I don't know what's happening at the moment but I would love to join Burnley," the ex-Southend trainee told the Echo.
"Since I've been here I've not spoken to anyone from Stoke so I think that shows I won't be there next season.
"I'm sure things will start to pan out in the next couple of weeks but I've enjoyed it with Burnley.
"Winning promotion here is up there with the best moments I've had in my career so of course I would like to stay and help them in the Premier League."
The Clarets have achieved their elevation to football's top table despite losing last term's top scorer, Charlie Austin, two days before their season started and with one of the smallest budgets in the entire division.
Boss Dyche therefore dubbed Burnley's automatic promotion "historic" and Kightly admits his manager deserves all the credit for guiding a small group to a seat alongside football's elite.
"It's a huge achievement because we were tipped to go down at the start of the season," the winger added.
"But there's real togetherness here, everyone works incredibly hard and we have a top, top manager in Sean Dyche.
"That's why we've done so well and why I want to stay."