Aussie keeper inks Burnley deal

Burnley’s Australian goalkeeper Alex Cisak has penned a new two-year contract with the English Premier League outfit securing his future until 2016.

The 25-year-old former Australia youth international is vying for a first-team spot with Tom Heaton and Matthew Gilks at Turf Moor.

Cisak joined Burnley prior to the start of the 2013-14 season, where he made two appearances for the side as they earned promotion.

However, Cisak hasn't made one Burnley matchday squad since their promotion to the Premier League this term, with the club sitting last with one point after three games.

The promising keeper has spent the past decade trying to forge a career in England’s lower leagues, including spells with Leicester City, Accrington Stanley, Oldham and Portsmouth.

Only two months ago Socceroos goalkeeper coach Tony Franken said Cisak was on the national team radar.

“He’s someone that we’ve been monitoring for a number of years,” Franken told the Hobart Mercury.

However, Franken’s advice at the time was that Cisak may need to move to boost his Socceroos ambitions.

“Players need to be playing and they need to be in form and ideally we’d like more goalkeepers playing at the top level,” Franken said.

“It’s great to be involved in the Premier League, but I’d like him to be playing. He might have to decide somewhere down the track to drop down to the Championship and play games.

“When you get to 25 and you haven’t played many games you’re, in terms of game development, only a 21-year-old.”

Back in March, Poland-born Cisak told FourFourTwo he was committed to one day representing the green and gold but admitted he needed to play to have any chance.

“I can't wait to play for Australia,” he said. “But you don't earn a call up sitting on the bench, so I'm just focused on winning the starting jersey at Burnley and pushing on from there.”

Cisak was signed by current Burnley boss Sean Dyche who is a fan of the Australian.

"He is someone who wants to improve and get better and most of all wants to be number one which is imperative as we want the players to demand and challenge to be in the team and to perform," Dyche said upon Cisak’s signing in 2013.