Burnley and Blackburn fans react on Twitter to Paul Robinson joining the Clarets

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Burnley have signed experienced goalkeeper Paul Robinson to act as cover for Tom Heaton.

Former England international Paul Robinson has joined Burnley on a contract until the end of season.

Tom Heaton will most probably continue as the number one 'keeper for Sean Dyche's side but Robinson has been brought in as cover as Matt Gilks is currently injured.

Robinson has not played a competitive game since appearing for Burnley's arch rivals Blackburn Rovers in September 2014. He has been out of contract since last summer and has since been training with Nottingham Forest.

The former Leeds United, and Tottenham Hotspur number one will add some experience to the goalkeeping ranks at Turf Moor. 

The 36-year-old won 41 international caps for England but ended rather prematurely with his last appearance coming in 2007. After a few shaky performances in the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign he was subsequently dropped, and despite being included in future squads he never made another appearance for his country. The emergence of Joe Hart didn't help his cause, but during his career it seemed as if he would be the country's number one for a lot longer.

The current incumbent of the Burnley goalkeeper shirt; Tom Heaton, has been in and around the England squad himself over the last 18 months. Whilst that may no longer be the case due to the return of Fraser Forster and Ben Foster from injuries, Heaton will be grateful for the arrival of Robinson to lend some advice in training.

Its unlikely Robinson will get much if any game time at Burnley this season. Matt Gilks; the usual understudy to Heaton has failed to usurp him in the past two seasons, and Gilks is a very experienced goalkeeper in the Football League.

This signing resembles a similar one last week, when Steve Harper joined Sunderland after spending the majority of his career at rivals Newcastle United. Fans have been quick to respond to the news.








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