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Heaton Praises Transfer Intent

1 July 2015

Tom Heaton says the clubs early statement of intent in the transfer market was another factor in him extending his Turf Moor stay.

The Clarets acquired Matthew Lowton from Aston Villa in their first summer swoop to replace the departed Kieran Trippier at full-back.

And the England international stopper believes it is a sign of where the club want to go, as well as reserving praise for the former Sheffield United man.

He said: “It’s excellent and I feel it’s a great show of intent from the club to get that deal done. He’s got great pedigree.

“He had a tremendous few years at Sheffield United which earned him a move to Aston Villa and he did well there as well.

“It’s a great acquisition and it shows our intentions. I’m certainly looking forward to meeting up with him, making him feel welcome and seeing him pull on the shirt.”

Sean Dyche's first-team squad returned for pre-season tests today with Heaton set to return on Monday after his time with Roy Hodgson’s Three Lions squad.

England extended their unbeaten run with a 0-0 draw with Ireland in Dublin, before their 3-2 victory in their UEFA European Championship qualifier in Slovenia.

Despite not seeing any action in either game, the 29-year-old insists his time with the national side was a fantastic experience and one that has reaffirmed his desire to reach the top table again with the Clarets.

Heaton added: “It was incredible and a fantastic experience for myself. I feel like I’ve learnt a lot and similar to the Premier League thing it certainly gives you that ambition and hunger to get back there.

“I want to be playing at that sort of level and I thoroughly enjoyed it and felt I performed well.

“It’s important I focus on my performances on the pitch and hopefully I can move that forward.”

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