Former Burnley goalkeeper Conor Mitchell joins Larne

Wed, Jun 12 2019

Free spending Larne have unveiled the capture of former Burnley goalkeeper Conor Mitchell after the expiration of his contract with the Clarets.

The former Northern Ireland U21 International had spells on loan at St Johnstone and Linfield previously.    

Mitchell has eleven U21 caps to his name after making his debut in 2016 against Iceland at Mourneview Park.

“It’s been a strange period for me, the first of my career where I was a free agent,” the 23-year-old goalkeeper told larnefc.com.

“I knew I wasn’t going to be at Burnley anymore and had a few options on the table but spoke to Tiernan and was really drawn into this project – and the pull of full-time football was a big thing.

“I’ve seen what Larne are doing and it’s great for the Irish League and great for the town. I’m buzzing to be a part of it.

“I’ve trained with the squad and felt like I fitted in right away, they’re a great bunch.

“I have kept myself ticking over during the summer, so I was wanted to be ready to get going once things were agreed.”

Manager Tiernan Lynch soon added; “If we’re to make this journey successful then we need to bring quality players to the club,” he said.

“We understand you can’t bring everyone to the club at once, but it’s about bringing about the right characters here.

“Conor is a top lad; in the short space of the time we’ve spent together it’s clear that he’s hungry and very ambitious.

“I’m maybe biased, but I feel we have two of the best keepers in the league at the club now.

“If you’re going to have a successful season then that brings 40-50 games per season and if that’s the case you need everyone in the squad playing their part.”