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Heaton Proud To Be Club Captain

8 August 2015

Tom Heaton vowed to do the job justice after being crowned as new club captain.


The Clarets goalkeeper admitted he was surprised when boss Sean Dyche asked him to take the armband for the first time in his career.


And Heaton, who recently became the first Burnley player to earn an England call-up in 40 years, insisted he was “made up” with his dual role and new responsibility.


He told Claret Player: “I am very proud and honoured. It is a responsibility I am looking forward to and I’m pleased the manager has given it me.


“He only mentioned it to me on Friday, and I said yes straight away.


“It was a little bit of a surprise because I’ve not been captain in pre-season, but I am absolutely made up and I’ll try and do the job justice.


“All you can do is give it your all and I’ll definitely do that.


Heaton played his part in the Clarets earning a point at Leeds on the opening day of the Championship season – turning a Stuart Dallas strike onto the crossbar in the 1-1 Elland Road clash.


He said: “It was a strange one really. The lad mishit it and it took a couple of deflections on the way through.


“I had already gone and thankfully it hi the high and came off the crossbar.


“Overall, it was a hard-earned point in a tough, cagey game. The first game of the season is always tough and when you come to a place like this it adds something to it.


“But we have started with a solid foundation and we can build from that.


“Resilience has been a theme while I’ve been at the club with this manager and we showed a lot of character to get back in it.”

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