Clarets glad to land Hennessey

20 July 2021 20:27:23

Burnley goalkeeping coach Billy Mercer says Wayne Hennessey's experience makes him "a great addition" to the Clarets squad.

Hennessey left Crystal Palace this summer after seven years with the Eagles and he joins a Burnley side who are? to finish in the top half of the Premier League next season and? to be relegated.

The Wales international is closing in on a century of caps for his country and he joins fellow international goalkeepers Nick Pope of England and Bailey Peacock-Farrell of Northern Ireland at Turf Moor.

Will Norris is another keeper on Burnley's books and Mercer believes that Hennessey's arrival is a big boost to the Clarets' less experienced players.

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Burnley finished 17th in the Premier League last season, five points behind 14th-placed Palace., while Hennessey did not make a league appearance for the Eagles in 2020-21, when Vincente Guaita was the club's first-choice keeper.

Pope is the Clarets' number one going into the new season and he started all three of England's 2022 World Cup qualifiers in March, but was ruled out of Euro 2020 after undergoing knee surgery.

Goalkeeping coach Mercer highlighted the 34-year-old Hennessey's club and international experience, telling Burnley's official website: "He has played 96 times for Wales and 181 Premier League games, so he's got bags of experience. He is a top-class goalkeeper and a great professional.

"He is very supportive if he's not playing, which is vital because we pride ourselves on the team spirit we have here. He's a great addition to a great group of goalkeepers."

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