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Burnley have reportedly taken Harrogate Town’s Peter Crook on trial as the search goes on to add a new goalkeeper to the squad having lost Matt Gilks at the end of last season.

We were linked with Southend’s Daniel Bentley, who has since gone to Brentford,  and Nick Pope at Charlton, for whom we had what’s been reported as a final offer rejected this week, and we’ve now turned our attentions to non-league.

Crook, aged 22, has been linked with both Swansea and Leeds but that’s been dismissed by his club and his agent, Louise Fellows, has now confirmed: “We haven’t had any firm offers yet for Peter. He is training with Burnley at the moment to look at him until Saturday.

“His hard work has attracted attention from the Premier League down. With 19 clean sheets last season, he’s certainly doing something right.”

Crook had an interesting start in Harrogate when he joined the club in 2014; he spent that first season at Harrogate Railway on a duel registration. But he made his breakthrough into the first team at Town during the 2014/15 season.

He’s been capped for England C in the last year and his manager Simon Weaver was singing his praises after a difficult game last season, suggesting he could go on and play in the Football League.

“He has all the talent in the world,” said Weaver. You see young keepers at the highest level, like Joe Hart, where they have to learn to progress. Part of that can happen through moments where it doesn’t go for you.

“Peter was a little bit unfortunate and he only has a couple of aspects to work on. Mostly it’s just his vocal side. That’s what’s required if he is to go on to better levels.

“That’s what I think he can do. He can go on and play a few levels up. He has the physical ingredients and he has the hunger as well. He is one of the few young goalkeepers of the modern breed that comes out and claims crosses. Most of them are just good shot stoppers.”

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