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Two days ago, Burnley drew 2-2 at Carlisle in a behind closed doors friendly and included a number of trialists. It was thought, and it has now been confirmed that one of the trialists could be a Sheffield university student Harry Flowers who also plays for Brocton FC.

Flowers also played in last week’s 5-0 defeat at Fleetwood, a game not reported by the club, but Flowers has certainly done enough to impress and reports coming from Brocton confirm we have offered him a contract.

Brocton manager David Berks is not surprised. He told the Staffordshire Newsletter: “Harry has the raw attributes that I would envisage Burnley have identified – speed, physically very strong, tall and aggressive in the air, along with his natural footballing ability.

“He is a good leader who understands the importance of the team and his commitment to Brocton is evident, with him travelling back from Sheffield every week, even when injured.

“Clearly he has pedigree with his family and he will be well guided in the future. Everyone at the club is delighted for Harry as he is such a level headed lad who I can see progressing with the right coaching to make the best of his raw talent.”

That family pedigree is his granddad Ron Flowers (pictured). He was an outstanding member of the Wolves team when I first started watching football and twice won the title with his club in 1958 and 1959.

He made over 450 league appearances for Wolves before ending his career with Northampton and Telford. He also played 49 times for England and was a member of the 1966 World Cup winning squad. He didn’t play in those finals but spent the night before the final itself believing he could play after Jack Charlton had been taken ill. Charlton recovered and Flowers’ international career was over one game short of a a half century.

He’s pleased with Harry’s news, the youngster said on winning the deal: “It has all gone really well, and I am delighted to be offered a deal.” He added: “My granddad is absolutely delighted. He wanted me to play in the gold and black of Wolves though.”

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