Clarets skipper reflects on reaching 100 appearances for the clubTom Heaton says he owes a debt of gratitude to boss Sean Dyche after clocking up 100 appearances for the club against Rotherham United.
Heaton and teammate Scott Arfield both hit the century mark in the 1-2 win at the New York Stadium on Friday.
Dyche brought the England international keeper to Turf Moor from Bristol City on a free transfer in 2013, after previously trying to sign him for Watford, and Heaton says he wants to keep repaying the faith shown in him.
“I’m delighted to reach that milestone. In the time I’ve been here I’ve taken part in most games which has been absolutely brilliant.
“I think I’ve started every league game I’ve been available for so I’ve been really pleased.
“I’ve not reached treble figures at any club so it’s certainly something that was important when I signed here that I’d make it home and a place where I can get settled and produce consistently.
“The manager signed me and put faith in me and I’m grateful for that. I want to keep repaying him under his management and his staff.
“I’ve done a lot of close work with Billy Mercer and I feel like my game is getting better all the time which is important to me.
“Billy and I have a great relationship so I’m very grateful to him as well for all the work he puts in.”
During Heaton’s one hundred, there have been a number of significant and memorable matches to reflect on.
East Lancashire derbies, promotion against Wigan Athletic and time in the Barclays Premier League last season make up an impressive repertoire.
Looking back on his standout clashes, Heaton added: “There’s been so many great games that I’ve been involved in here.
“Personally, my league debut was special against Bolton on a sunny day at Turf Moor in the 1-1 draw.
“The first game against Blackburn at home was great and then you’ve got the away game where we won, Wigan at home when we clinched promotion and Chelsea in the Premier League.
“There were a few in the Premier League and another one was obviously captaining the side for the first time this season.
“Thankfully the club has made great progress during my time here so it’s been a great combination.”