Wayne Hennessey Joins Clarets On free Transfer
Burnley Football Club have this morning confirmed the signing of Wales International goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey on a free transfer. Hennessey, joins Burnley as a free agent following his departure from top-flight rivals Crystal Palace and has agreed a two year contract with an option for a further year.
The thirty-four year old former Crystal Palace and Wolves keeper brings a wealth of top flight experience for club & country with him to Clarets goalkeeping department, which is currently headed by England international Nick Pope. Hennessey has been capped ninety six times by Wales a record for a goalkeeper for his country and only six behind the overall appearance record held by defender Chris Gunter.
The Bangor-born shot-stopper has also surpassed the record number of clean sheets by a Wales goalkeeper, having gone past the thirty-four kept by the legendary figure of Neville Southall. He also brings with him the know how of one hundred and eighty-one Premier League appearances for Crystal Palace and Wolves, he was also a Sky Bet Championship winner in 2008/09 early in his senior Molineux career.
After more than a decade with the West Midlands club, which included playing loan spells with Yeovil Town and Stockport County, where he set a then Football League record of nine successive clean sheets. The six-feet, six-inch keeper then joined Crystal Palace in January 2014. Hennessey, who becomes the Clarets’ second senior summer signing after defender Nathan Collins went on to become first-choice keeper for the Eagles as they went about securing an uninterrupted eight year run in the Premier League.
More recently he provided competition and cover for Vicente Guaita at Selhurst Park and took his number of appearances for the Londoners to one hundred and thirty-two before ending his seven and a half year stay with Crystal Palace last month. On the international front, Hennessey progressed through the Wales’ youth ranks to make his debut in 2007.
He has since become a leading figure in Welsh football history, helping his country qualify for their first major tournament finals in almost sixty years and then reaching the semi’s of Euro 2016. He then started every game as Wales also qualified for the delayed Euro 2020 finals and with his sights set on a century of caps, will hopefully chalk up another major milestone as a Burnley player.