Clarets land Oldham goalkeeper Cisak

13 June 2013 04:01
Burnley have today completed the signing of Oldham's Polish born goalkeeper Alex Cisak, and he is expected to come in as back up to new number one Tom Heaton who signed last month.

Cisak was born in Krakow but at the age of two moved to Hobart in Tasmania, and it is with Australia that he has been recognised internationally having won five caps at under 20 level.

His career in England started with Leicester where he was the regular goalkeeper in the team that won the Premier Academy League in 2006/07, playing alongside Andy King, Max Gradel and Joe Mattock.

He signed his first professional contract at the end of that season and went out on loan to Oxford but returned having not featured in the first team. He had more success, however, in terms of appearances during a loan at Tamworth in the same season.

He was named as a substitute for the first team at Leicester but never made an appearance and was released at the end of the 2009/10 season which led to him moving to the north west of England when he signed a two year contract with Accrington.

He had a mixed first season. He played almost half of the league games and was named the PFA Fans' League Two Player of the Month in March. He'd done enough to impress Oldham manager Paul Dickov and half way through a two year contract he was sold to the Latics in July 2011.

During his first season at Boundary Park he was very much first choice and made 47 appearances but last season things changed. After five games he was replaced by Dean Bouzanis following a contract dispute and in November he joined Portsmouth on loan only to be recalled after one appearance with Bouzanis facing a suspension.

He played only occasionally for the remainder of the season but a week ago his contract at Oldham was extended by a further year with Oldham having an option to extend it. Even though they exercised that option, new manager Lee Johnson still expected him to move. He said: "I think he will end up moving on; I am confident enough to say that."

Two days later, on 8th June, Oldham confirmed that Cisak had decided not to take up the option of an extra year and as such became a free agent and today he's joined the Clarets, becoming Sean Dyche's second permanent signing alongside Heaton. With Whitby Town's Nick Liversedge expected to join the club soon it completes a total turnover of goalkeepers at Turf Moor following the exits of Lee Grant, Brian Jensen and Jon Stewart.

Source: Clarets Mad


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