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UPDATED 06:51 3rd August 2015

Tom Heaton was manager Sean Dyche’s first permanent signing, arriving on a free transfer from Bristol City in the summer of 2013.

And the Chester-born stopper has since become a virtual ever-present and firm fans-favourite.

Heaton initially signed a two-year deal after agreeing personal terms following his departure from Bristol City.

And following a hugely successful first season at Turf Moor in 2013/14, promotion to the Premier League raised his profile further, with a string of impressive displays that eventually landed him the 2014/15 Players' Player of the Year award.

Tom was also rewarded for his consistency with a full England call in the summer of 2015, becoming the first player from the club to join the England squad since Martin Dobson in 1974.

And the former England U21 stopper capped a whirlwind season by signing a new, extended three-year deal in July, 2015.

Following the departure of Jason Shackell to Derby County, Dyche named Heaton his captain for the 15/16 campaign, a season which saw the stopper lift the title, and play an integral role in the Clarets to the Premier League.

Heaton made 48 appearances in league and cup during a historic season, keeping 19 clean sheets in the process. His form in the Sky Bet Championship also helped him gain his first senior England cap when he replaced Fraser Forster late on in the Three Lions friendly with Australia in May 2016.

Roy Hodgson also named the captain in his final 23-man squad for the UEFA European Championships in France.

Heaton - whose family hail from the area and are lifelong Burnley fans and season ticket holders – began his career with Manchester United.

While at Old Trafford he enjoyed numerous loan spells at Swindon Town, Royal Antwerp, Cardiff City, QPR, Rochdale and Wycombe Wanderers.

After making his England U21 debut in 2008, he finally left United in 2010 in pursuit of regular first team football and spent two years back at Cardiff, making 40 appearances and starring in their 2011/12 League Cup campaign, where he saved two penalties against Crystal Palace in the semi-final and another from Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard in the penalty shoot-out final defeat at Wembley.

Heaton then moved on to Bristol City in the summer of 2012, but was unable to halt the Robins’ relegation to League One.