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Goalkeeper Conor Mitchell, after seven years at Burnley and a number of loans, was released at the end of the season having spent the second half of 2018/19 back in his native Northern Ireland with Linfield.

1718 burnley conor mitchell 00 500x500He’ll be staying in Northern Ireland too having yesterday signed for newly promoted Larne and will now be looking to play in the Irish League again next season. On completing his signing, Conor said: “It’s been a strange period for me, the first of my career where I was a free agent. I knew I wasn’t going to be at Burnley anymore and had a few options on the table, but spoke to Tiernan (manager Tiernan Lynch) and was really drawn into this project, and the pull of full time football was a big thing.

“I’ve seen what Larne are doing and it’s great for the Irish League and great for the town. I’m buzzing to be part of it. I’ve trained with the squad and felt like I fitted in right away, they’re a great bunch. I have kept myself ticking over during the summer so I wanted to be ready to get going once things were agreed.”

Lynch said of his new signing: “If we’re to make this journey successful then we need to bring quality players to the club. We understand you can’t bring everyone to the club at once, but it’s about bringing the right characters here. Conor is a top lad, in the short space of the time we’ve spent together it’s clear that he’s hungry and very ambitious.”

Conor arrived at Burnley in the summer of 2012 as a 16-year-old scholar, making his debut in a pre-season friendly at Mossley in July of that year. He won a professional deal two years later and remained a Burnley player for a further five years. The closest he came to a first team appearance was in December 2015 when, in the absence of Matt Gilks, was the substitute goalkeeper at Middlesbrough in a Championship game.

He’s spent time out on loan at non-league clubs followed by moves to St. Johnstone and Linfield and we wish him well in his new career at Larne.

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