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Clarets bring in keeper Gilks

Lancashire Telegraph: Matt Gilks Matt Gilks

GOALKEEPER Matthew Gilks will be introduced to his new team-mates on Burnley’s return to pre-season training today, after signing a two-year contract at Turf Moor, on the day that Michael Duff committed to his 11th season with the Clarets.

Steven Reid is also set for talks with manager Sean Dyche this week about the possibility of a free transfer having left West Brom at the end of his contract.

Scotland international Gilks was unveiled as the Clarets’ second summer signing yesterday.

The 32-year-old was also a free agent after opting against taking up Blackpool’s new contract offer at the end of his sixth year with the Tangerines.

In that time he established himself as the club’s number one, won promotion to the Premier League in 2010 and was capped by Scotland in 2012.

And he is not fazed by the challenge of pushing Tom Heaton for the number one jersey.

“I know there’s a strong goalkeeping pool here and Tom was absolutely fantastic last season.

“He’s been a massive reason why Burnley are in the Premier League, so I know it’s going to be tough.

“But I think in the Premier League you need competition for places and if I can keep the lads here on their toes and between us we help keep the club in this division, then that’s what it’s all about.”

Gilks’ arrival, which boosts the goalkeeping ranks back up to four alongside Alex Cisak and young stopper Daniel Nizic, makes him the first new face to be added to Dyche’s Premier League bound squad.

Michael Kightly became the Burnley boss’s first summer signing, but that move came on the back of a full season on loan from Stoke City.

Duff’s new deal, meanwhile, comes almost 10 years to the day after he first arrived for just £30,000 from Cheltenham.

And at 36 the central defender is relishing his second stab at top flight football, five years after the first time.

“I wanted to stay, obviously, because it’s another chance in the Premier League and following the season we had getting there last season,” said the Northern Ireland international, whose terms do not – as initially thought – include a designated coaching role.

“It took me until I was 30 to get there the first time around and then I was injured for the first three months.

“That, and getting relegated, made it a disappointment, so to get another opportunity at 36, when you think it may have gone, was something to grab with both hands – and with the team we had last season, plus a few additions, I’m sure we can kick on and surprise a few people.”

Previous Premier League experience for both Gilks and Duff could be enhanced by Reid.

The former Republic of Ireland midfielder, who has more recently been converted to a right back, is weighing up his options after coming to the end of his contract with West Brom.

At 33, it is likely he will look to prolong his playing career, but there is a possibility that he may look to make the move into coaching.

Reid started out at Millwall, where he was team-mates with Clarets boss Dyche in the late 1990s to early 2000s.

He made a £2.5million move in July 2003 to Blackburn Rovers, where he played in more than 100 Premier League games.

The Londoner went on to join West Brom on a free transfer in the summer of 2010, after ending the previous season on loan at The Hawthorns.

Reid, who is understood to prefer to stay in the north of England, is expected to meet with Dyche this week to discuss his future.

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9:04am Thu 3 Jul 14

AnotherPounding4Burnley says...

This is a great signing, we're all set for the season now.
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This is a great signing, we're all set for the season now. UTC AnotherPounding4Burnley
  • Score: -12

9:07am Thu 3 Jul 14

Rob_H2O says...

This article. So good they ran i t twice.
This article. So good they ran i t twice. Rob_H2O
  • Score: 9

9:24am Thu 3 Jul 14

TurfMoorTom says...

Every day it just gets better. It's like you got a wild card entry to Wimbledon then decided to take a cricket bat. Which was rotten.

I know I've pushed this future turmoil beckons thing but please have a stab as there's going to be no fun in this car crash whatsoever.
Every day it just gets better. It's like you got a wild card entry to Wimbledon then decided to take a cricket bat. Which was rotten. I know I've pushed this future turmoil beckons thing but please have a stab as there's going to be no fun in this car crash whatsoever. TurfMoorTom
  • Score: -11

9:32am Thu 3 Jul 14

Chuck Norris' Roundhouse says...

TurfMoorTom wrote:
Every day it just gets better. It's like you got a wild card entry to Wimbledon then decided to take a cricket bat. Which was rotten.

I know I've pushed this future turmoil beckons thing but please have a stab as there's going to be no fun in this car crash whatsoever.
Ha ha ha, what do we care what you lot think? Last season you kept harping on about our small squad and how injuries and suspensions will cost us, we are talking about two cover players who are both experienced PL players and will bulk up our squad.

Blackburn meanwhile shopping in football's version of the bins outside the shop for their stellar signings of Reg Varney and Chris 'The Lump' Brown.
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: Every day it just gets better. It's like you got a wild card entry to Wimbledon then decided to take a cricket bat. Which was rotten. I know I've pushed this future turmoil beckons thing but please have a stab as there's going to be no fun in this car crash whatsoever.[/p][/quote]Ha ha ha, what do we care what you lot think? Last season you kept harping on about our small squad and how injuries and suspensions will cost us, we are talking about two cover players who are both experienced PL players and will bulk up our squad. Blackburn meanwhile shopping in football's version of the bins outside the shop for their stellar signings of Reg Varney and Chris 'The Lump' Brown. Chuck Norris' Roundhouse
  • Score: 9

9:33am Thu 3 Jul 14

AnotherPounding4Burnley says...

Rob_H2O wrote:
This article. So good they ran i t twice.
Hi Bobber Jobber,
Is Chris coming tonight? I aint coming until he comes on here and confirms it. I'm not coming over twice when one journey would suffice. He seems to have disappeared It would be great to see you both. Can't wait to share a pint and some friendly banter with my new friends.
[quote][p][bold]Rob_H2O[/bold] wrote: This article. So good they ran i t twice.[/p][/quote]Hi Bobber Jobber, Is Chris coming tonight? I aint coming until he comes on here and confirms it. I'm not coming over twice when one journey would suffice. He seems to have disappeared It would be great to see you both. Can't wait to share a pint and some friendly banter with my new friends. AnotherPounding4Burnley
  • Score: -10

10:25am Thu 3 Jul 14

Rob_H2O says...

AnotherPounding4Burn
ley
wrote:
Rob_H2O wrote:
This article. So good they ran i t twice.
Hi Bobber Jobber,
Is Chris coming tonight? I aint coming until he comes on here and confirms it. I'm not coming over twice when one journey would suffice. He seems to have disappeared It would be great to see you both. Can't wait to share a pint and some friendly banter with my new friends.
Lou is laying on Shepard's Pie and home made giant meat or vegetable Samosa's. There's are seven real ales. including Ossett, Bowland and Reedley Hallows. Genuinely. No agro just real football analysis. You'll be missing out. Can't answer for Crispy.
[quote][p][bold]AnotherPounding4Burn ley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rob_H2O[/bold] wrote: This article. So good they ran i t twice.[/p][/quote]Hi Bobber Jobber, Is Chris coming tonight? I aint coming until he comes on here and confirms it. I'm not coming over twice when one journey would suffice. He seems to have disappeared It would be great to see you both. Can't wait to share a pint and some friendly banter with my new friends.[/p][/quote]Lou is laying on Shepard's Pie and home made giant meat or vegetable Samosa's. There's are seven real ales. including Ossett, Bowland and Reedley Hallows. Genuinely. No agro just real football analysis. You'll be missing out. Can't answer for Crispy. Rob_H2O
  • Score: 9

10:41am Thu 3 Jul 14

Super Claret says...

"Burnley are ready to smash the club’s transfer record with a £6 million bid for Watford striker Troy Deeney.

Deeney has been subject of much interest this summer from Premier League clubs West Bromwich Albion, Swansea City, Aston Villa and Newcastle United.

It was reported yesterday on Football League World that the Hornets had turned down a bid from Burnley and the Vicarage Road side rejected a £5m bid from Norwich City last month.

But it is believed Burnley are set to come back with a second bid believed to be £6m which will break the club’s transfer record, if successful.

The club’s current transfer fee record is when the Clarets paid £3m for Steven Fletcher in 2009.

Deeney has been in fine form for Watford in the past two seasons. He hit 25 goals last season and 20 during the 2012/13 season when Watford finished 3rd in the Championship.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche worked with Deeney during his spell as manager of Watford during the 2011/12 season."
"Burnley are ready to smash the club’s transfer record with a £6 million bid for Watford striker Troy Deeney. Deeney has been subject of much interest this summer from Premier League clubs West Bromwich Albion, Swansea City, Aston Villa and Newcastle United. It was reported yesterday on Football League World that the Hornets had turned down a bid from Burnley and the Vicarage Road side rejected a £5m bid from Norwich City last month. But it is believed Burnley are set to come back with a second bid believed to be £6m which will break the club’s transfer record, if successful. The club’s current transfer fee record is when the Clarets paid £3m for Steven Fletcher in 2009. Deeney has been in fine form for Watford in the past two seasons. He hit 25 goals last season and 20 during the 2012/13 season when Watford finished 3rd in the Championship. Burnley boss Sean Dyche worked with Deeney during his spell as manager of Watford during the 2011/12 season." Super Claret
  • Score: 6

10:42am Thu 3 Jul 14

TurfMoorTom says...

Rob_H2O wrote:
AnotherPounding4Burn

ley
wrote:
Rob_H2O wrote:
This article. So good they ran i t twice.
Hi Bobber Jobber,
Is Chris coming tonight? I aint coming until he comes on here and confirms it. I'm not coming over twice when one journey would suffice. He seems to have disappeared It would be great to see you both. Can't wait to share a pint and some friendly banter with my new friends.
Lou is laying on Shepard's Pie and home made giant meat or vegetable Samosa's. There's are seven real ales. including Ossett, Bowland and Reedley Hallows. Genuinely. No agro just real football analysis. You'll be missing out. Can't answer for Crispy.
I feel left out. Good to know there's no agro now and Lou doesn't have to worry about you smashing the place up. Handbags can do some real damage.
[quote][p][bold]Rob_H2O[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AnotherPounding4Burn ley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rob_H2O[/bold] wrote: This article. So good they ran i t twice.[/p][/quote]Hi Bobber Jobber, Is Chris coming tonight? I aint coming until he comes on here and confirms it. I'm not coming over twice when one journey would suffice. He seems to have disappeared It would be great to see you both. Can't wait to share a pint and some friendly banter with my new friends.[/p][/quote]Lou is laying on Shepard's Pie and home made giant meat or vegetable Samosa's. There's are seven real ales. including Ossett, Bowland and Reedley Hallows. Genuinely. No agro just real football analysis. You'll be missing out. Can't answer for Crispy.[/p][/quote]I feel left out. Good to know there's no agro now and Lou doesn't have to worry about you smashing the place up. Handbags can do some real damage. TurfMoorTom
  • Score: -14

11:44am Thu 3 Jul 14

john byrom says...

Wow. What a signing Free fitting for relegation favourites.
Wow. What a signing Free fitting for relegation favourites. john byrom
  • Score: -2

12:14pm Thu 3 Jul 14

TurfMoorTom says...

Super Claret wrote:
"Burnley are ready to smash the club’s transfer record with a £6 million bid for Watford striker Troy Deeney.

Deeney has been subject of much interest this summer from Premier League clubs West Bromwich Albion, Swansea City, Aston Villa and Newcastle United.

It was reported yesterday on Football League World that the Hornets had turned down a bid from Burnley and the Vicarage Road side rejected a £5m bid from Norwich City last month.

But it is believed Burnley are set to come back with a second bid believed to be £6m which will break the club’s transfer record, if successful.

The club’s current transfer fee record is when the Clarets paid £3m for Steven Fletcher in 2009.

Deeney has been in fine form for Watford in the past two seasons. He hit 25 goals last season and 20 during the 2012/13 season when Watford finished 3rd in the Championship.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche worked with Deeney during his spell as manager of Watford during the 2011/12 season."
Yet another proven Championship player.
[quote][p][bold]Super Claret[/bold] wrote: "Burnley are ready to smash the club’s transfer record with a £6 million bid for Watford striker Troy Deeney. Deeney has been subject of much interest this summer from Premier League clubs West Bromwich Albion, Swansea City, Aston Villa and Newcastle United. It was reported yesterday on Football League World that the Hornets had turned down a bid from Burnley and the Vicarage Road side rejected a £5m bid from Norwich City last month. But it is believed Burnley are set to come back with a second bid believed to be £6m which will break the club’s transfer record, if successful. The club’s current transfer fee record is when the Clarets paid £3m for Steven Fletcher in 2009. Deeney has been in fine form for Watford in the past two seasons. He hit 25 goals last season and 20 during the 2012/13 season when Watford finished 3rd in the Championship. Burnley boss Sean Dyche worked with Deeney during his spell as manager of Watford during the 2011/12 season."[/p][/quote]Yet another proven Championship player. TurfMoorTom
  • Score: -11

12:27pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Super Claret says...

If only you could afford that kind of quality.
If only you could afford that kind of quality. Super Claret
  • Score: 3

12:36pm Thu 3 Jul 14

TurfMoorTom says...

Super Claret wrote:
If only you could afford that kind of quality.
Already got the more prolific Rhodes. And you can't afford him either.
[quote][p][bold]Super Claret[/bold] wrote: If only you could afford that kind of quality.[/p][/quote]Already got the more prolific Rhodes. And you can't afford him either. TurfMoorTom
  • Score: -4

12:44pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Super Claret says...

Burnley have just offered £6m for Deeney, should that move not go through, expect some interest in Rhodes, a similar figure would probably be enough with the offer of Premier League football and Blackburn's desperate need to reduce a horrific wage bill ahead of your January transfer embargo. I'd expect Rhodes himself to push a move through should any firm interest be shown. Everyone wants to play for Sean Dyche.

Try not to cry.
Burnley have just offered £6m for Deeney, should that move not go through, expect some interest in Rhodes, a similar figure would probably be enough with the offer of Premier League football and Blackburn's desperate need to reduce a horrific wage bill ahead of your January transfer embargo. I'd expect Rhodes himself to push a move through should any firm interest be shown. Everyone wants to play for Sean Dyche. Try not to cry. Super Claret
  • Score: 4

12:52pm Thu 3 Jul 14

TurfMoorTom says...

Super Claret wrote:
Burnley have just offered £6m for Deeney, should that move not go through, expect some interest in Rhodes, a similar figure would probably be enough with the offer of Premier League football and Blackburn's desperate need to reduce a horrific wage bill ahead of your January transfer embargo. I'd expect Rhodes himself to push a move through should any firm interest be shown. Everyone wants to play for Sean Dyche.

Try not to cry.
You're actually beginning to sound quite desperate when you should be looking forward. I guess it's a bit like looking forward to a party but knowing that unfortunately it'll get out of hand and your house gets trashed.
[quote][p][bold]Super Claret[/bold] wrote: Burnley have just offered £6m for Deeney, should that move not go through, expect some interest in Rhodes, a similar figure would probably be enough with the offer of Premier League football and Blackburn's desperate need to reduce a horrific wage bill ahead of your January transfer embargo. I'd expect Rhodes himself to push a move through should any firm interest be shown. Everyone wants to play for Sean Dyche. Try not to cry.[/p][/quote]You're actually beginning to sound quite desperate when you should be looking forward. I guess it's a bit like looking forward to a party but knowing that unfortunately it'll get out of hand and your house gets trashed. TurfMoorTom
  • Score: -3
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