Heaton Swaps Claret To End Turf Moor Era
By Burnley FC
August 2 2019
Club captain joins Aston Villa after magical six-year stay at Burnley. Tom Heaton has today left the Clarets to signal the end of an era at Turf Moor.
The club captain has completed a move to Aston Villa after joining the newly-promoted Premier League club for an undisclosed fee.
Heaton’s switch to the Midlands brings to an end a memorable six-year stay at Burnley.
The goalkeeper was the first permanent signing of manager Sean Dyche when he joined the Clarets from Bristol City as a free agent in May, 2013.
Heaton, 33, went on to make 200 appearances for the club – as well as earning a first call-up to the England senior squad in May 2015 – and shared in two promotion successes from the Championship under Dyche.
“Tom has been a terrific servant to the club, as an individual, for the team and for the fans,” said the Burnley boss.
“He was a real ambassador around the place.
“Quite simply a situation arose this summer, where he is in the final year of his contract, there was contact from Aston Villa and I believe he has been offered a very good contract for him and his family.
“And there is a business model at Burnley Football Club, which everyone has come to understand.
“It’s a very good fee for a very good player, but who is 33 with 10 months left on a contract, which has to be balanced up.
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