Clarets Goalkeeper Conor Mitchell Joins Linfield
Burnley Football Club have today confirmed that goalkeeper Conor Mitchell is heading home to Northern Ireland after signing for title-chasing Linfield on loan for the rest of the season. Mitchell has ended a similar loan deal with Scottish Premiership side St Johnstone to join the Blues, who are currently top of the Irish Premiership.
Linfield are currently six points clear at the top of the table with six games to go as they look to regain the domestic league title they won for a 52nd time in 2016/17. They are also still in the Irish Cup and have reached the final of the League Cup. Former Manchester United and Wigan Athletic keeper Roy Carroll likely to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, Healy has brought in Ballymoney-born Mitchell to compete with Gareth Deane for a starting slot at Windsor Park.
Mitchell, a Northern Ireland U21 international, has been with the Clarets since 2012 progressing through the youth system to join the professional ranks, also gaining senior experience with a loan spell at National League side Chester FC last season. He becomes the fourth young Clarets keeper to move out on loan to gain senior experience, following George McMahon’s switch to Ashton United, Adam Bruce’s move to Buxton and youth team Kai Calderbank Park’s work experience move to Padiham.
Speaking about the loan move Conor Mitchell who won the ‘save of the season’ award in the U23 Professional Development League last season said, “I’m looking forward to being involved in a big couple of months for the football club, with a title race and the chance to win some domestic silverware too.
It’s a new challenge and one that I relish, I’m just going to go in and work hard and try to impress the gaffer. I hope to make a positive impression on the team and the club as a whole. A big thanks to Billy Mercer at Burnley for helping me to sort it all out and I can’t wait to get in and meet the lads.”