Burnley captain Ben Mee reflects on “valuable experience” of lockdown

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The Clarets defender has actually invested much of lockdown on teleconference with fellow Premier League skippers.

Ben Mee confesses his first season as Burnley captain has actually been a huge knowing experience as the coronavirus pandemic has actually tossed up unanticipated obstacles.

The 30- year-old discovered himself investing much of lockdown on teleconference with fellow Premier League authorities and skippers, going over whatever from possible pay deferments to Project Restart and all the required procedures to make it take place.

“I’ve learned a lot and it’s been a valuable experience to be part of every little bit that’s going on,” Mee stated.

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” I have actually been in touch with all the young boys and being that point of contact constructs that relationship with the team, it makes it more powerful with each player who wishes to speak with me.

“It’s brought me closer to the team as a captain and as a leader.”

The early days of Project Restart saw plenty of dispute over how safe it would be for players to go back to training, with a number of raising their issues openly.

That caused some hard discussions in between captains, however Mee stated he had the ability to take a rear seat on most teleconference with his own players comfy with the procedures being put in location.

“I think players were unsure at first and rightly so, we didn’t know what was going to be happening in regards to coming back into training,” he stated.

Mee was selected club captain last summer following the departure of Tom Heaton (Anthony Devlin/PA)

” Individuals had issues, there’s constantly that component of the unidentified.

” However we took it step by action and the Premier League did a great task of making certain we as players all felt safe and safe coming back in.

“I didn’t feel too much need to jump in. Others had concerns but I wasn’t as concerned. The group of players I lead, we were all in the same boat, we’d been given guidelines we were all happy with.”

And Mee has actually had no problems given that going back to training, stating he and his team- mates are now simply excited to start once again.

Their first game back has to do with as hard as they come as Mee go back to his boyhood club Manchester City on Monday night.

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Burnley sat 10 th entering into the weekend, with Mee thinking protecting Europe football is still a reasonable target.

“It’s within our reach,” he stated. “It’s something we can look for and maybe aim for. Every player wants to play in Europe. Those are the nights you remember when your career is finished so certainly it’s something we’ll look to do again.”

Needs To Burnley reach Europe, it would add to a currently extremely condensed component list, with players dealing with the possibility of a very short off-season following the unscheduled three-month space in fixtures.

That duration has actually barely been a break for players uncertain of when they may return, however Mee is not fretted about the possibility of this season and next practically bleeding into one.

“It’s such a strange time but we’re just going to have to deal with it,” he stated. “I won’ t be grumbling if we get a week off and after that it’s back into the season.

” We have actually had plenty of time off. This is how it’s going to be for us. It’s very little of a problem.

“There’s plenty of people struggling in the world right now and we won’t be complaining.”

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