Grant backs keeper addition

Greater competition for places required at Turf Moor

Grant: Determined to establish himself as No.1 but wants another keeper to come in

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Lee Grant has backed Burnley's search for a new goalkeeper to provide more competition for places at Turf Moor.

The former Derby keeper ousted Brian Jensen as the Clarets No.1 halfway through last season, but ended the campaign on the bench.

However, the 28-year-old admits that a young keeper is needed to help create a healthy rivalry, with former Bournemouth youngster Jon Stewart currently on trial.

"We certainly do need another keeper at the club to get the balance right in that department," Grant told skysports.com.

"We could do with a young keeper coming in to push both myself and Brian even further, so I would certainly welcome that and although I finished last season on the bench, I made the most appearances as a keeper.

"That will be my aim again next season, whether we have two, three or four keepers at the club.

Balance

"We all want to be playing regularly and I'm no different, but another addition would definitely help the balance of the squad."

Grant started both of the Clarets' first two pre-season fixtures, but he insists that the race to become the club's No.1 this season is wide open still.

"I wouldn't read into the line-ups of pre-season friendlies too much to be honest because the main thing is fitness in these games, so just because I started the Altrincham and Bury games doesn't mean I'm necessarily leading the race for the jersey," he explained.

"I know that I've come back fit and strong and I'm laying down the gauntlet to make sure that I'm foremost in the manager's thoughts and trying to make sure that he has little option to name me as No.1 this season."