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Tuesday 22 July 2014

Burnley snap up Gilks

Published 02/07/2014|16:27

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Matt Gilks will be back in the top flight

Burnley have announced the signing of former Blackpool goalkeeper Matt Gilks.

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The Scotland international, 32, has agreed a two-year deal with the Clarets, subject to Premier League and Football Association approval.

He had previously been a free agent following his departure from Blackpool, for whom he was an ever-present in the Sky Bet Championship last term.

Gilks had been with the Tangerines since 2008, helping them gain promotion to the Premier League in 2010 and featuring during their one-season stay in the division.

He began his career with his home-town club Rochdale and has also spent time with Norwich and, on loan from Blackpool, at Shrewsbury.

Gilks will link up with his new team-mates on Burnley's return to pre-season training later this week.

He is the second player the Turf Moor outfit have signed since they secured their return to the Premier League at the end of 2013-14, with winger Michael Kightly, captured on a permanent deal from Stoke after a loan stint, having been the first.

The Clarets also announced on Wednesday that long-serving defender Michael Duff - the only remaining player at the club from their last top-flight season in 2009/10 - has agreed a new one-year deal.

It will take the 36-year-old Northern Ireland international into an 11th campaign with the east Lancashire side.

In a statement confirming the news, Burnley added of Duff: "The veteran defender recently completed his Pro License coaching badges, but the new deal does not, as reported, include a coaching role."

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