Date: 23rd July 2017 at 11:01pm
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Burnley manager Sean Dyche has said he is searching for another goalkeeper to provide cover and competition following the retirement of Paul Robinson.

Speaking to the Official Site over the weekend, Dyche explained that even though he’d added Northern Ireland Under 21 international Conor Mitchell to the first team squad for the trip to Ireland to gain a bit of experience, he’d rather he continued his own development this season and with Tom Heaton and Nick Pope our recognised senior goalkeepers now, he would like a third to be on the safe side.

‘We`re on the look-out. We have the young keepers here who we like, but we feel there is more development in them before they can be recognised as part of the first team group, if you like. Obviously we have Tom Heaton and Popey (Nick Pope) but we are looking. There are certain situations we have looked at. It isn`t an easy position to look at, as you can imagine, but nothing is easy at the minute in the recruitment side of things, although I feel we have done well so far to get people in.’

With Charlie Taylor, Jack Cork and Jon Walters added to the squad in recent weeks, Dyche admits had Robinson not hung up his gloves he would’ve been perfectly happy to extend his stay here and lean on him again.

‘He was terrific around the place and has filled in when he`s been called up. He`s supported the keepers with his knowledge and his background, and it is just a shame the injury has caught up with him. He would`ve definitely stayed with us, but it has been his decision to retire.’

Dyche added.

‘He’s old enough and wise enough to have not put himself through anything if he couldn`t perform to his best. His level of professionalism to call it time now – instead of signing again and trying to get fit – that was fantastic. He said to me ‘if I can`t do myself justice then I wouldn`t be able to do you and the lads justice’, so his professionalism levels were great.’

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