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Dyche: Hart Is Ready For New Challenge

7 August 2018

Sean Dyche insists Joe Hart is up for the new challenge posed by strong competition for the goalkeeping shirt at Burnley.

Hart has become the third England goalkeeper on the club’s books, by joining the Clarets from Manchester City on an initial two-year deal.

And after spending 12 years at City, Dyche feels the time is right for Hart to take on a fresh challenge at Turf Moor.

The Clarets boss said: “It’s strange to have three of the recent England goalkeepers in the one camp, especially here at Burnley.

“But the timing is right and having spoken to Joe I think it’s right for him too.

"He is clear-minded in the sense that he just wants to get on and work, part of the team and earn the right for a chance to play.

“He knows he will have to do that, but he’s a respectful enough person who has been around the game long enough and knows he will be working with some good keepers and a good goalkeeping coach as well.”

Dyche, whose goalkeeping pool is now five strong, added: “Everyone knows about the misfortune of Nick (Pope) and Tom (Heaton) has been out for a while, but we all know what a fine keeper he is.

“Anders (Lindegaard) has done well for us and Adam (Legzdins) continually supports them and we wanted that real competition.

“Most keepers have a healthy respect and they tend to get on with it because they know what it’s about, so I don’t think Joe will have any issues fitting in.

“It’s more of a chance for him to re-earn his stripes at a different club and in a different environment.

“He’s also bought into the concept. He bumped into a few of our lads and liked the noises coming out and has decided he wants that challenge”

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