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Youth team goalkeeper Tony Aghayere, the one second year scholar whose future is still to be determined, has today extended his stay with North West Counties club Colne until the end of the season.

The Spanish born Aghayere, initially joined Colne on a one month loan to help them through a goalkeeping problem. He’s kept three clean sheets in his first five games which left manager Steve Cunningham keep to keep him at Holt House.

Tony Aghayere is to stay at Colne until the end of the season

Tony Aghayere is to stay at Colne until the end of the season

He told the Colne web site: “I’ve benefited from the game time at Colne this month and I’m delighted to be staying on until the end of the season. Both Colne and Burnley gave me a great opportunity to play and I can’t wait to continue that now.

“I’ve learned a lot here, I’ve also learned things that I never would on the training field. I believe my organisational skills have improved and I feel like I’ve grown up since playing non-league football.

“I’ve kept three clean sheets so far and that’s given me the hunger to keep more. Firstly though I’d like to thank Colne for giving me game time and I’d like to thank Burnley for letting me learn my game on loan.”

He’s in a Colne side chasing promotion and added: “On the field, we’re in a good position now in the league and we just have to keep working game by game to keep the momentum going.”

Aghayere is not the only Burnley connection at Colne. Alongside him in the squad are defenders Ben Hoskin, Ed Williams, Alex Coleman and midfielder Chris Anderson who have all been scholars at Burnley in recent years and this week they’ve been joined by another in Dean Stott who has signed from FC United of Manchester.

Dean, who was with Burnley as a scholar during the 2006/07 and 2007/08 seasons and he’s been with FC United since 2011. During his time there he has been club captain and made over 220 appearances for them, including 27 this season.

On leaving, FC’s manager Karl Marginson said of him: “Dean has been a great servant to the club over five years during which time he captained the side and was part of a very successful group of players. Everyone at FC wishes him good luck at Colne and all the best for the future.”

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