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1718 burnley conor mitchell 00 500x500Goalkeeper Conor Mitchell has returned to Turf Moor today after his loan to National League club Chester, which started in August, came to an end.

Mitchell was allowed to go out on loan once Adam Legzdins had signed to ensure we would have three senior goalkeepers. He went straight into the Chester team for their opening day fixture against AFC Fylde and went on to play eight times for them although he’s appeared only once since mid-September.

His time there was interrupted by international calls. He’s now won nine caps at under-21 level for Northern Ireland with the last four coming while he’s been at Chester, meaning he’s been unavailable for them during each of the three international breaks. He’s helped his country to second place in Group 2 of the Euro Under-21 qualifiers behind Spain.

Chester have also changed manager this season with Jon McCarthy, who signed Conor, being replaced by Marcus Bignot in September.

Chester Football Club said today: “We would like to thank Burnley for their cooperation throughout his loan spell, and indeed Conor for his professionalism and commitment during his time with us. We look forward to him going on to achieve great things in the future.”

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