Australian goalkeeper Alex Cisak has revealed his joy at earning promotion to the Premier League with Burnley and remains ambitious about being his side’s number one next season.
The Clarets secured promotion to the top flight last week, offering 24-year-old Cisak the chance to fulfill a long-term dream of playing in the Premiership.
Cisak was on the bench last week as the Clarets defeated Wigan 2-0 to clinch promotion and has spent most of the season as back-up to the impressive Thomas Heaton.
However, Cisak, who was raised in Hobart before moving with his family to join Leicester City 10 years ago to chase his dream, believes he can push for the number one spot next season.
“Tom and myself work very well together and we'll continue to push each other for the starting jersey,” Cisak told FourFourTwo.
“Tom's had a great season of course, but I'm no less ambitious or believing that I can't obtain the start. The competition is very healthy.”
Poland-born Cisak has had an interesting journey to this point in his career, having moved to England a decade ago, before winning the Premier Academy League with Leicester in 2007.
The former Australia youth international has plied away in the English lower leagues in recent years, enjoying stints with Accrington Stanley, Oldham Athletic and Portsmouth before finding his way to Turf Moor at the start of this term.
“Ten years ago my family sacrificed life as they knew it to afford me the opportunity to chase my dream of being a professional footballer, and now the journey continues in the Premier League,” Cisak said.
Promotion also marks Championship runners-up Burnley’s return to the English top flight following relegation in 2009-10.
“At club level it's the culmination of a lot of hard work put in by everyone at the football club,” Cisak said.
“Everyone has contributed at some point in the season on the pitch, and behind the scenes we have all put in toward the common goal of promotion.”
Burnley concludes their campaign away to Reading on Saturday on the final day of the Championship regular season.1 comment