Thomas David "Tom" Heaton (born 15 April 1986) is an English footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Burnley, having joined them from Bristol City in May 2013. Heaton began playing at a very young age at Chester School boys. He was managed by Darryl Pickering, a well established junior football manager. He said when interviewed "Darryl helped me a lot over the years." He began his professional career with Manchester United but was unable to break into the first team and spent time on loan with Swindon Town, Royal Antwerp, Cardiff City, Queens Park Rangers, Rochdale and Wycombe Wanderers, before joining Cardiff permanently after his release by Manchester United in July 2010. He then joined Bristol City on a one-year deal with an option of a second year but turned it down in May 2013 in favour of staying in the Championship with Burnley.