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Mitchell Joins Blues' Title Chase

Clarets keeper secures loan move to Irish league leaders Linfield

30 January 2019

Clarets goalkeeper Conor Mitchell is heading home to Northern Ireland after securing a loan move to title-chasing Linfield.

Mitchell has ended a similar arrangement with Scottish Premiership side St Johnstone to join the Blues, who are currently top of the Irish Premiership.

The 22-year-old will spend the remainder of the season at Windsor Park and look to compete for a first-team place under Northern Ireland legend David Healy (above).

“I’m looking forward to being involved in a big couple of months for the football club with a title race and the chance to win some domestic silverware too,” said Mitchell.

Conor Mitchell won the 'save of the season' award in the U23 Professional Development League last season

“It’s a new challenge and one that I relish. I’m just going to go in and work hard, try and impress the gaffer and hope to make a positive impression on the team and the club as a whole.

“Thanks to Billy Mercer at Burnley for helping to sort it all out and I can’t wait to get in and meet the lads.”

Linfield are currently six points clear at the top of the table with six games to go as they look to regain the domestic league title they won for a 52nd time in 2016/17.

They are also still in the Irish Cup and have reached the final of the League Cup.

And with former Manchester United and Wigan Athletic goalkeeper Roy Carroll likely to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, Healy has brought in Ballymoney-born Mitchell to compete with Gareth Deane for a starting slot.

Mitchell, a Northern Ireland Under-21 international, has been with the Clarets since 2012, progressing through the youth system to join the professional ranks, also gaining senior experience with a loan spell at National League side Chester FC last season.

He becomes the fourth young Clarets keeper to move out on loan to gain senior experience, following George McMahon's switch to Ashton United, Adam Bruce's move to Buxton and youth teamer Kai Calderbank Park's work experience move to Padiham.

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