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UPDATED 06:51 3rd July 2013

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

Chester-born Heaton 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, which ended in promotion to the Premier League in April 2014, the former England U21 stopper replaced his existing deal with a new three-year contract at Turf Moor.

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.