Burnley snap up former Leeds United goalkeeper

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Burnley have signed former Leeds United goalkeeper Paul Robinson on a deal until the end of the season.

The 36-year-old has been without a club since leaving Blackburn at the end of last term and has agreed a short-term contract with their Lancashire rivals.

Paul Robinson.

Paul Robinson.

Burnley are currently third in the Sky Bet Championship after Monday night’s 4-1 victory over Derby but boss Sean Dyche was on the lookout for a new keeper with Matt Gilks out for several weeks with an elbow injury.

First-choice stopper Tom Heaton has made 29 appearances this season and is expected to retain his place for Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Arsenal.

But Robinson, who has been capped 41 times by England, insists he is ready to be called upon if needed by the Clarets.

“I spoke to the manager and he’s obviously got an injury to one of his goalkeepers, so this was too good an opportunity to turn down,” he told the club’s official website.

“I’ve been fit and training for the last couple of months, so it’s just nice to join a fantastic football club.

“I’m just looking forward to getting training and using that experience. There are three very good goalkeepers here now and it would be nice to get some game time under my belt and be ready if called upon.”

Robinson made 119 appearances in total for Leeds United, 95 in the Premier League, during his seven-year spell at the club.

He famously scored against Swindon Town in the League Cup and was also voted Player of the Year by the Leeds United supporters’ club in 2003.