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UPDATED 06:51 20th July 2017

Tom Heaton was manager Sean Dyche’s first permanent signing, arriving on a free transfer from Bristol City in the summer of 2013.

And the Chester-born stopper has since become a virtual ever-present and firm fans' favourite.

Tom was also rewarded for his consistency with a full England call in the summer of 2015.

And in the summer of 2016, he became the first Clarets player since Martin Dobson in 1974 to earn a full England cap, appearing as a substitute against Australia at Sunderland's Stadium of Light in a warm-up game for the European Championships.

Heaton - whose family hail from the area and are lifelong Burnley fans and season ticket holders – began his career with Manchester United.

While at Old Trafford he enjoyed numerous loan spells at Swindon Town, Royal Antwerp, Cardiff City, QPR, Rochdale and Wycombe Wanderers.

After making his England U21 debut in 2008, he finally left United in 2010 in pursuit of regular first team football and spent two years back at Cardiff, making 40 appearances and starring in their 2011/12 League Cup campaign, where he saved two penalties against Crystal Palace in the semi-final and another from Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard in the penalty shoot-out final defeat at Wembley.

Heaton then moved on to Bristol City in the summer of 2012, but was unable to halt the Robins’ relegation to League One.

He initially signed a two-year deal at Turf Moor, and following a hugely successful first season at Turf Moor in 2013/14, promotion to the Premier League raised his profile further, with a string of impressive displays that eventually landed him the 2014/15 Players' Player of the Year award.

The former England U21 stopper capped a whirlwind season by signing a new, extended three-year deal in July, 2015.

Following the departure of Jason Shackell to Derby County, Dyche named Heaton his captain for the 2015/16 campaign, a season which saw the stopper lift the title, and play an integral role in the Clarets to the Premier League.

Heaton made 48 appearances in league and cup during a historic season, keeping 19 clean sheets in the process.

And following his England debut, he celebrated returning to Turf Moor for the start of the 2016/17 Premier League season by signing a new, improved four-year deal, trying him to the club until the summer of 2020.