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Heaton interested in extending Burnley stay

13th March 2019, 11:56 by Tom McGarry

Tom Heaton has revealed he would be interested in committing his future to Burnley by signing a new contract.

The England international missed the majority of last season due to a shoulder injury and was unable to force his way back into Sean Dyche's starting XI during the opening few months of the current campaign.

However, Heaton was handed his first Premier League start of the season against West Ham at the end of December, helping the Clarets to a much needed 2-0 victory, and he has retained his starting place ever since.

Heaton's current contract at Turf Moor is due to expire in 2020 but he has now revealed that he would be interested in negotiating fresh terms.

"It’s definitely something I would be open to," Heaton told Seat Pitch when asked about whether he would be interested in signing a new contract.

“I’m not sure whether that is something to be discussed in the summer or not. In terms of my mind, that is certainly something I’d consider.”

The former Manchester United youngster, who was linked with the likes of Leeds and Nottingham Forest during his time out of the first-team picture, admits he was aware of interest from elsewhere, but he never came close to moving away from Burnley.

"Pretty much," Heaton said when asked if his return to the Burnley team had ended any thoughts he had of leaving the club.

"I was trying not to get ahead of myself at the time. If January had come around and I still wasn’t playing, then it was something to be looked at.

"But thankfully I got back in the team and I’m thoroughly enjoying it at the moment."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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