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1920 burnley baily peacock farrell signs 1000x500Back in 1985 Dennis Peacock played in goal for us. He came in on loan from Doncaster when Joe Neenan suffered an injury and played eight games. He kept a couple of clean sheets but conceded 15 goals in total in those games before returning to his parent club.  Andy Farrell once went in goal during a game against Stockport County after Chris Pearce was sent off. I think it was Andy’s only appearance in a goalkeeper’s jersey. Today we’ve brought the two together with the signing of Leeds goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell from Leeds United.

At just 22, he’ll bring the average age of the first team goalkeepers down but he’s a young goalkeeper with some experience already having already played 40 games in the Championship for Leeds and, although born in Darlington, he’s also won nine full caps for Northern Ireland which come courtesy of his grandfather who is from Enniskillen.

He was in Middlesbrough’s academy until the age of 16, but they didn’t offer him a scholarship and so, at the age of 16, he moved to Leeds where he signed his first professional contract two years later. He didn’t have to wait too long for a first team debut either; it came in April 2016 against QPR at Elland Road when he came in for the suspended Marco Silvestri. Playing alongside the familiar names of Charlie Taylor and Chris Wood, he’d seen Wood give Leeds a 1-0 lead before he marked his debut by giving away a penalty, allowing QPR to score a late equaliser.

It was almost two years before he played in the first team again but this time his appearance in March 2018 against Wolves led to him having a run in the first team that came to an end in January this year when he was left out after a defeat at Stoke. He’d replaced German Felix Wiedwald  but was himself replaced by Casilla last season as Leeds’ fortunes dropped He then had a watching brief from the bench apart from one game when he played in a win against Millwall after Casilla had been sent off in the previous game. Leeds won a total of 60 points in the 28 games he played last season; they won 20 points in 17 games with Casilla in goal.

There was some speculation a while ago that we might be interested in him should either Tom Heaton or Joe Hart leave and with Heaton having departed for Aston Villa yesterday, we’ve moved quickly to fill the gap with Peacock-Farrell joining his former team mates Taylor and Wood at Turf Moor. He’s signed a four year deal with an option for a further year for an undisclosed sum which has been reported locally as being an initial £2.5 million plus potential future add ons.

Peacock-Farrell said on completing the move: “I’m really happy to be here. A Premier League club is what you dream of when you are starting out in football and to say I’ve signed for Burnley is a massive honour. There’s massive competition here, but it was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down. The goalkeepers here are really good and two of them are England internationals. There’s something going on here that must be right. So to come here and be part of it, is something I’m really excited about.”

He added: “Popey and Heats came through from the Championship and established themselves here and that’s my aim as well. I would say it’s probably a long-term project. It was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up here. I’m not saying I’m coming here to replace anybody. I’m not. I’m here to learn and try and progress and be a better goalkeeper. I had my first session today and felt good. Hopefully I can hit the ground running and I’m looking forward to the weeks to come.”

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