Joe Hart Looking Forward to New Club & Future
After being released by Burnley Football Club this week former England International goalkeeper Joe Hart finds himself without a club for the first time in his seventeen year career. Hart is convinced he will find his perfect footballing match and that he still has a lot to offer a new club.
It is just over four years since Hart played for Manchester City in their Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid. It is less than three since he won the last of his 75 England caps. However, he has spent the last eighteen months as Burnley’s reserve goalkeeper and will be released today 30th June 2020 when his contract expires with the club, but he is not feeling sorry for himself.
Speaking about his time with the Clarets Joe Hart said, “The fact I have had to sit on the bench for eighteen months in the Premier League is not going to define or crush me. I remember who I am, I remember playing for my local Sunday league team and trying to get into the Shrewsbury Town first team. I learned early in my career you need to keep things in perspective. You can have great things said about you in football, but you must be strong on self-criticism, analyse what you are doing and be comfortable with it.
Maybe from the outside, people are thinking it is a time for panic but from the inside it is a time to look forward and see all the opportunities. I am young when it comes to being a goalkeeper. I am even younger when it comes to the mental age of a guy who just wants to go in goal and have people whack balls at him. I am under no illusions that Real Madrid are going to knock my door down, to get Thibaut Courtois out and bring me in. There is plenty more to come from me. I need someone to believe in me and I will repay that faith.
After winning the Premier League Golden Glove Award three years running, Joe Hart has gone from first choice with Manchester City and England as well as playing in the UEFA Champions League to sitting on the bench at Burnley as the reserve keeper. As he leaves Turf Moor this week he has received a tongue in cheek offer from Shrewsbury Town, but despite his career taking a massive downward turn he is still confident that he can make it as a number one in the top flight.