Former Burnley goalkeeper joins Australia’s best club
It’s four years since Alex Cisak joined Burnley as Sean Dyche, ahead of his first full season in charge, set about replacing the entire squad of goalkeepers following the departures of such as Lee Grant and Brian Jensen.
Tom Heaton is the only one of those new goalkeepers still at the club; his deputy Alex Cisak moved on and has now returned to Australia and signed for Sydney FC. Cisak, now aged 28, was born in Krakow in Poland although moved with his family to Tasmania when he was just two years old and he’s previously won five caps for Australia at under-20 level.
Cisak had league experience when he joined us. Although he’d started out at Leicester, he didn’t make a first team appearance for them but had made 70 league appearances for Accrington, Oldham and Portsmouth.
He signed for us from Oldham and made two appearances for the Clarets, one in the league as a substitute and one in the League Cup. Both came about in August 2013 because of the ludicrous decision by referee Darren Sheldrake to send off Heaton in a 2-0 defeat at Brighton. Cisak came on as a substitute, replacing Keith Treacy, and then deputised for the suspended Heaton in the League Cup tie against Preston three days later.
He was at Turf Moor for two seasons and having sat out most of 2013/14 on the bench he enjoyed two loans away from Burnley in the next season. he played 10 games for York and then moved to Leyton Orient in February where he made 19 appearances.
That led to a permanent move to Leyton Orient two years ago and he was the regular first choice goalkeeper for the first season and a half but played on fewer occasions during the second half of last season as they dropped dramatically into League Two’s relegation places and subsequently dropped into the National League.
Out of contract there, he’s opted for a return to Australia and signed a two year contract with Sydney FC who are currently the country’s top side.
Cisak said: “I’m joining a massive club in Sydney FC, they were obviously the best team in Australia last year. I’ve joined the club to make sure we go back-to-back and win it all again next year.
“Also looking forward to playing in the Asian Champions League, it’s a massive new experience for myself and for the club it’s brilliant as well. We want to challenge and be one of the best teams in Asia.”
He added: “I’ve got plenty of experience, I’ve played in the toughest league in the world for over 12 years. I’ve played in the Championship, League One, League Two, I’ve been involved with Burnley when we got promoted to the Premiership, so I’ve got that winning mentality there. I’ve won Player of the Year at Orient as well.”
That 12 years all started at Leicester as a scholar in 2005 when they signed him from South Hobart and ended when he was released following Orient’s relegation.Follow UpTheClarets:
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