Heaton & Brady Reflect On Shamrock
England goalkeeper Tom Heaton and Robbie Brady have both reflected on Jon Walters' immediate impact at Burnley and the friendly against Shamrock Rovers this weekend.
Burnley skipper Heaton admitted he had never felt better as we go into our third year in the Premier League and our second successive campaign after avoiding relegation last term and speaking to the Burnley Express following our four nil victory over Shamrock Rovers, the 31 year old was clearly looking forward to breaking the 100 top flight appearance mark with him carrying 73 appearances to his name already.
Having already kept 20 clean sheets and making the most stop last season with 141, he certainly wouldn't mind the clean sheet tally going clear of 30+ next year either.
'I`ve been chomping at the bit to get back in and it was a nice start. It`s probably the best I`ve felt, coming back in pre-season. It never takes you too long to get back in the rhythm and I don`t feel too far away at the moment.'
With Heaton on international duty over the summer, his break hasn't been as long as others and playing 45 minutes against France as England lost three two, well there was little he could do in his mind but he enjoyed it non the less.
'It was a nice summer. Obviously, I was delighted to start the game for England and disappointed to lose, but I thoroughly enjoyed the 45 minutes and it ended up being a very good two weeks` away. That two-week international break in the middle, where you are working and have to be on top of your game, helps you.'
As for Brady speaking post game, he felt that Jon Walters showed exactly what he would bring to us this summer and he was expecting him to be a huge success at the club.
Speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph Brady said of his Republic of Ireland international colleague.
'He`ll bring all sorts. His determination, he has this thing about him and he`s very good at bringing people together and pushing in the right direction. He suits us here brilliantly and I think there`s a lot to come from Jon this year.'
With Walters one of three additions this summer with Charlie Taylor and Jack Cork also arriving as new signings this summer, Brady was expecting a positive summer ahead of what will hopefully be a positive season.
Having arrived last January, this is of course his first pre season with the group.
'It`s important for me and important for the new lads that we can gel together over the next few weeks and learn how one and another play with the new lads. Hopefully we can put in some good performances and get ready for the season. Personally, I feel it`s a big season for me. It was fantastic to bed into such a great group here last season, but it took me a little longer than I expected and it was a little bit frustrating for me, the six months I had. It was a bit stop-start, but I feel better now and I`ve had nothing but good thoughts about hitting the ground running and having a great season. I feel there`s a lot more to come from me and hopefully I can show that.'
Speaking generally about our pre season so far and the time in Ireland, Brady went on to say.
'A lot of the local kids have been down watching training and people have got wind we`ve been training here and have come down to watch. It`s always good to see. We`ve had a great start to pre-season, everyone has come back fighting fit and look sharp so it`s a positive to start off with. The off season used to be a time you could completely switch off for your summer but it`s not really like that anymore, you need to keep on top of things and that`s what the lads have been doing. It`s about getting the balance right now over the next few weeks and getting as fit as possible and making sure everyone looks after themselves and we`ll be ready to go for the start of the season.'