Leyton Orient have signed Burnley goalkeeper Alex Cisak on a two-year contract for an undisclosed fee. The 26 year-old stopper is a familiar face having spent the end of last season on loan at Brisbane Road.
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Born: 19th May 1989, Krakow, Poland (also has Australian citizenship)
Height: 190 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Career Apps: 116
Born in Krakow, Poland, Alex Cisak moved to Australia when he was two-years old. He began his career with his local side South Hobart before signing for Leicester City as a scholar in 2005.
Cisak was a part of the Foxes’ youth side that won the FA Premier Academy League in 2006/07 and he was soon haneded a professional contract by the club.
He was loaned out to Oxford United in September 2007 but returned to his parent club a month later without having made a U’s appearance.
It was during a loan spell with Tamworth that Cisak had his first taste of senior football, making 20 appearances during the second half of the 2007/08 season.
After returning to Leicester, Cisak was named in a match-day squad for the first time against Crewe but he was an unused substitute. He later left the Foxes without making a senior appearance for the club.
In July 2010 Cisak joined Accrington Stanley. He played 25 games for Stanley as they reached the League Two play-offs.
Oldham Athletic signed Cisak in the summer of 2011. He was a regular for the Latics, playing 38 games in League One, making 47 appearances in total in all competitions. He also received his first senior red card in the defeat to Bury during that season. The 2011/12 season ended in March for Cisak as he suffered an injury in the match against the O’s.
During 2012/13 Dean Bouzanis replaced Cisak as Oldham’s first choice goalkeeper. As a result he was loaned out to Portsmouth in November, but he managed to make just one appearance for Pompey before being recalled later that week due to Bouzanis’s sending off against Doncaster Rovers. After playing just 12 times for Oldham that year Cisak was released by the Latics.
Cisak moved to Burnley in the summer of 2013. His Clarets’s debut was as a substitute after Tom Heaton was sent-off in the defeat to Brighton in August. His full debut came in the League Cup victory over Preston just three days later. He marked the occasion by keeping a clean sheet. However he did not feature for the rest of the 2013/14 season.
York City brought Cisak in on loan in October 2014. During his 10 appearances for the Minstermen he kept four clean sheets which included a three-match run without conceding towards the end of his loan spell.
Cisak joined the O’s on loan in February 2015 initially on a one-month deal. He produced a string of impressive performances during his 19 games in an Orient shirt and as a result he was voted 2014/15 Total Orient Player of the Season.
The Poland-born goalkeeper has won five caps for Australia’s Under-20 side. His debut came in October 2008 and he was included in Australia’s squad for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2009.
Cisak is the fourth signing on a busy day of transfer activity for the O’s and he is the third addition of the summer that has commanded a transfer fee.