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Goalkeeper Matt Gilks is out of contract and looks set to leave Turf Moor after two years without having played a league game for the Clarets.

1516 burnley matt gilks 00 630x420I was surprised when he signed two years ago simply because he was walking into a club where he wasn’t likely to become number one choice in goal given how well Tom Heaton had played in our 2013/14 promotion season.

The only time he’s featured has been in the two Capital One Cup defeats against Sheffield Wednesday (2014/15) and Port Vale (2015/16) although for much of the two years he’s been on the bench. More recently he lost his place due to an elbow injury with Paul Robinson coming in and has failed to regain his bench place since recovering.

There was speculation earlier in the week that Hearts were interested in signing him and Hearts have now confirmed that he has been there this week.

Head coach Robbie Neilson said: “He is one that we have looked at, as we have looked at several players. It is that time of year. Obviously you can’t sign anybody until June 9th so we are just looking.

“He just came up to have a look and a chat as we have done with a few players. We will see how things progress over the next few weeks with several of our targets.”

Burnley signed Gilks from the fast declining Blackpool. As Burnley were winning promotion to the Premier League in 2014, Gilks was keeping Blackpool in the Championship with a crucial penalty save at Wigan. He played all 46 games for the Seasiders in that season and played a total of 181 league games there in six years having been signed by Simon Grayson in the summer of 2008.

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