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Dyche on the look-out for keeper cover

Clarets aim to replace Paul Robinson after injury prompts Turf Moor exit

21 July 2017

Sean Dyche is keen to add a further goalkeeper to his squad following the enforced retirement of Paul Robinson.

Robinson’s departure from Turf Moor due to a recurring back problem has left the Clarets with just two senior keepers.

Northern Ireland under-21 international Conor Mitchell is continuing to progress and was part of the first-team squad for their pre-season trip to Ireland.

But Dyche is searching for a replacement for Robinson, who made three Premier League starts last season and provided experienced back-up for captain Tom Heaton in tandem with former Charlton keeper Nick Pope.

The Burnley boss told Clarets Player HD: “We’re on the look-out. We have the young keepers here who we like, but we feel there is more development in them before they can be recognised as part of the first team group, if you like.

“Obviously we have Tom (Heaton) and Popey (Nick Pope) but we are looking. There are certain situations we have looked at.

“It isn’t an easy position to look at, as you can imagine, but nothing is easy at the minute in the recruitment side of things, although I feel we have done well so far to get people in.”

The Clarets have landed defender Charlie Taylor, midfielder Jack Cork and forward Jon Walters since the summer transfer window opened.

And Dyche admitted Robinson would not have left a gap to fill had the former England international, 37, been fit to extend his 18-month Turf Moor stay.

Dyche added: “He was terrific around the place and has filled in when he’s been called up.

“He’s supported the keepers with his knowledge and his background, and it is just a shame the injury has caught up with him.

“He would’ve definitely stayed with us, but it has been his decision to retire.

“He old enough and wise enough to have not put himself through anything if he couldn’t perform to his best.

“His level of professionalism to call it time now - instead of signing again and trying to get fit – that was fantastic.

“He said to me 'if I can’t do myself justice then I wouldn’t be able to do you and the lads justice', so his professionalism levels were great.”


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