Tuesday 4 June 2013

New two-year contract for Burton

Burton O'Brien today agreed a fresh contract to extend his stay at Almondvale for a further two seasons.

Burton (31), was part of the famous Lions side that lifted the League Cup in 2004 and returned for a second spell last season.

His influence was keenly felt on and off the field with his polished performances in the midfield holding role recognised by a landslide win in the end of season Players' Player of the Year vote.

With a new look squad set to take the field for the new season, assistant manager Mark Burchill believes that the former Sheffield Wednesday and Falkirk man will provide important experience and continuity.

"In my opinion, Burton is the best ball playing midfielder in the league," said Mark.

"Any team at our level would want to sign a player of his quality, so we're absolutely delighted that he's decided to stay with us."

In addition to winning silverware in his first spell at the club, Burton also played regularly in the SPL, and he sees a return to the top level as a realistic ambition.

He said: "I had a successful time at Livingston the first time round, and since I came back in November I've had a great time. It's been good to be around the club again so I'm happy for that to continue.

"The challenge is to get back into the SPL and it's something I want to help the club to achieve.

"Richie and Mark share the same aim and having listened to their plans I think we can push on and improve on last year."

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