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25-year-old’s stance emerges amid uncertain Burnley future

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Burnley shot-stopper Bailey Peacock-Farrell is eager to play regular first-team football during the 2022/23 campaign following his return to Turf Moor, as per a report from Lancs Live.

The Northern Ireland international spent last term at League One side Sheffield Wednesday after remaining far down the pecking order in Lancashire, with Nick Pope and Wayne Hennessey both remaining above him in the pecking order during 2021/22.

He was one of the first names on the teamsheet during his time at Hillsborough, recording 47 appearances in all competitions for the Owls and keeping 17 clean sheets in the process.

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Despite his valuable contribution to the cause, Darren Moore’s side were unable to get themselves back to the Championship at the first time of asking and this may have dampened their potential hopes of recruiting him permanently.

With his, he has returned to Turf Moor and could get the chance to shine under Vincent Kompany, with Pope and Hennessey moving to Newcastle United and Nottingham Forest this summer.

This leaves him and Will Norris as the main goalkeeping options at this stage, though Bart Verbruggen is set to link up with the Clarets and this could push the Northern Irishman down in the pecking order once more.

Peacock-Farrell wants to play regularly though according to Lancs Live and with Kompany’s side not scared to cash in on players this summer, he could potentially move on before the summer window closes.

The Verdict:

The 25-year-old needs to be playing as much football as possible if he wants to give himself the best chance of having a successful career.

Previously first-choice stopper at Leeds United, it could be argued that he’s failed to kick on since despite managing to get a decent amount of international experience under his belt.

Speaking of Northern Ireland, he does need to keep an eye on Luke Southwood who could take his spot in goal if he doesn’t play regularly, though Southwood isn’t exactly one of the first names on the teamsheet at Reading.

With Joe Lumley and Dean Bouzanis both arriving at the Select Car Leasing Stadium this summer, pushing Southwood down in the pecking order, Peacock-Farrell probably feels as though his spot in the national side is safe at this stage.

He can’t let complacency creep in though and he will only give himself the best chance of keeping as sharp as possible by playing regularly, so he should be looking to push for a move away from Turf Moor before the summer window closes unless he’s given reassurances by Kompany regarding his playing time.


A 22-year-old Reading FC fan and writer who graduated from the University for the Creative Arts this summer, with a degree in Journalism and Media Production. Other topics written about include politics, mental health and education.

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