Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton has admitted that he may have to seek a move away from Turf Moor in January in a bid to secure regular first-team football.
The 32-year-old England international suffered a serious shoulder injury which saw him miss a majority of last season, with Nick Pope stepping in for the Clarets and impressing enough to earn a place in the Three Lions squad for the World Cup 2018 finals.
In the summer, Burnley boss Sean Dyche recruited Joe Hart after Pope himself was struck down by a shoulder problem, leaving the fit-again Heaton to battle for a first-team spot with the new recruit.
And it has been former England number one Hart who has won the nod for all eight Premier League games to date, leaving Heaton frustrated and pondering his options for the future.
He told the Sunday Mirror: "Joe was thrown in against Istanbul Basaksehir in the Europa League. The manager then kept him in for the weekend for the first Premier League game of the season at Southampton, which was frustrating for me.
"I can't lie, that was tough. Obviously, I knew Joe well and have great respect for him, but, to be perfectly honest, I was expecting to play.
"It doesn't need a rocket scientist to see that it's going to be difficult to fit us all in.
"Come the January transfer window, I've got to keep my options open. The one thing I've been consistent about in my career is moving clubs in order to play games."
Burnley are currently in 12th place in the Premier League standings, having secured seven points from their last three games.
They are priced at 8/1 to finish in the top half of the table this season and are 1/12 to finish in the bottom half.
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