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Dyche Delight at Heaton Signing

17 May 2013

Burnley manager Sean Dyche admitted that his first summer signing, goalkeeper Tom Heaton, was one of his top targets.

The Clarets boss moved swiftly following the exits of Lee Grant and Brian Jensen to snap up the Bristol City goalkeeper on a free transfer.

And Dyche, who tried to sign Heaton at Watford last summer before the highly-rated ex-England U21 international joined City, expressed his delight at finally capturing the 27-year-old.

He said: “Tom is someone we knew all about at Watford and we have monitored his progress since then.

“We have had him watched several times in the past year, he’s just had a really good season in very tough circumstances at Bristol and he recently played very well here at Turf Moor, as every Burnley fan will know.

“He is a good technician, he has great pedigree, having coming out of Manchester United and is a good age and willing to learn.”

Dyche, who has reacted swiftly to losing his two first-team goalkeepers this summer, added: “We felt it was appropriate to act quickly following the release of Brian (Jensen) and the departure of Lee (Grant).

“We have been aligning things for the ‘what-ifs’, as we are in all cases, and Tom is a great signing and one we believe will do very well for us.”

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