Town relish Clarets test

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Fleetwood Town will serve up a Lancashire hotpot as they prepare for the start of the new campaign.

Burnley, who played Premier League football last season, will visit Highbury on July 28.

The announcement completes Fleetwood’s pre-season arrangements with La Liga side Getafe confirmed as visitors to the Fylde coast in the same week.

Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander is no stranger to the Clarets.

He was part of the Burnley team which won promotion to the top flight in 2009 and cannot wait to welcome his former club, under the stewardship of Sean Dyche, to his new home.

He said: “I know Sean very well and it was something we organised a little while ago.

“It’ll certainly be a test for us as they’ve done great over the past couple of years even though they had the disappointment of getting relegated. We want to have stern tests in pre-season and that’s what we’ve tried to do. We’ve got some really tough opponents in there this year.

“We’re looking forward to the Burnley one and it’ll be good to invite them along to Highbury for a game.”

The Clarets will be looking to bounce back to the Premier League at the first time of asking having finished in 19th spot last term.

But Dyche will be doing so without top scorer Danny Ings who is Anfield-bound this summer.

Fleetwood are looking to build on a tenth place finish in League One.

Pre-season will be a chance for Alexander to test his young squad - the manager promising to give members of the club’s development team the chance to shine.

And despite a lull in recent weeks, the Fleetwood boss will be hoping to have the majority of his transfer business complete ahead of the Clarets clash.