Heaton Hints At Burnley Exit

Heaton Hints At Burnley Exit

Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton admits his lack of playing time could force him to seek a move away in January.

The Clarets’ captain looked all set for a place in England World Cup squad, only for a dislocated shoulder in September 2017 to rule him out for the remainder of last season.

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Nick Pope’s form saw him instead make the plane to Russia and the competition for the gloves was further heightened when an injury to Pope and a slight calf issue for Heaton prompted the signing of Joe Hart in August.

Despite the former Cardiff-man now being back fit and featuring in the Europa League and EFL Cup, he has been unable to dislodge Hart in the Premier League.

Pope is due back around Christmas and Sean Dyche will have his work cut out to appease all three of his England goalkeepers.

The 32-year-old, who is under contract until June 2020, says he may look to make the boss’ life easier by moving away, accepting that ending his five-year spell at Turf Moor could be the best scenario for him in order to find regular football.

“It doesn’t need a rocket scientist to see that it’s going to be difficult to fit us all in,” he told the Mirror.

“Come the January transfer window, I’ve got to keep my ¬options open. The one thing I’ve been consistent about in my career is moving clubs in order to play games.”