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Hart: It's Time To Kick On

New signing lifted by team spirit and ready to embrace Burnley challenge

7 August 2018

Joe Hart says he can smell the team spirit at Burnley and is ready to kick on with the Clarets.

Hart became the second summer signing at Turf Moor when he completed a move from Premier League champions Manchester City.

And at the age of 31, the England goalkeeper, who has signed an initial two-year deal, is ready to embrace a new chapter in a career that has brought him two Premier League winners’ medals and 75 international caps.

“It’s definitely the right time for me to move on,” Hart told Clarets Player HD.

“They (Manchester City) are doing fantastic and I’m very happy for them. They need to go on and do their thing and I need to do mine.

“I feel good. I feel like I’m in the right place and I feel like this is my time to kick on now.

“I didn’t really think this was going to be an option. There is a fantastic goalkeeping department but there was a slot for me and I really feel like I can do something and help this club go in the direction it wants to go.

“Everything has really impressed me. I’ve heard such good things about the atmosphere.

“They say it’s priceless but to be part of a team where everyone is pushing in the same direction is not as normal as you would expect it to be.

“I heard that was the vibe and I’ve come here first day, and you can just see it. It just stinks of it. Everyone wants to play for each other, everyone wants to win and everyone wants to do their best.”

In over a decade of outstanding service at Manchester City, Hart played almost 350 games as he established himself as number one for club and country.

However, after two seasons out on loan with Torino and then West Ham, the Shrewsbury-born keeper – who started out with his hometown club – was keen to put down roots again.

And following a shoulder injured sustained by Nick Pope in the Clarets’ opening Europa League tie at Aberdeen last month, he welcomed the chance to join England team-mate Tom Heaton and the international ranks at Turf Moor to compete for a starting slot under Sean Dyche.

“I needed to get out on a permanent move this summer, that was the plan,” Hart added.

“I was open to anything that came my way and because of circumstances here something popped up.

“It’s something I’m excited about. Heats and Popey look like they’ve got the best out of themselves here and I want to try and do the same.

“Anders (Lindegaard) and Adz (Legzdins) are here as well and I think we’re going to have a lot of respect for each other and try and get the best out of each other and ultimately do the best for Burnley.

“I have been very impressed with Burnley as a team – I think everyone has.

“It was a fantastic year last year, but there have been a lot of foundations laid to get into the position they got into and it’s something I really want to be a part of and I’m really excited to be here.”

Watch a full interview with Joe on Clarets Player shortly.

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