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1617 burnley jamie thomas 01 800Burnley have made their first summer signing, but it’s not a replacement for Joey Barton nor a big signing for the Premier League but Jamie Thomas from Bolton Wanderers who will be joining the development squad on a two year contract with a further year in the club’s favour.

Like our goalkeeper Tom Heaton, he has Burnley roots as he explained: “I’m absolutely delighted and I’m looking forward to getting started now in pre-season and hopefully hitting the ground running.

“I feel it’s a place that’s close to home. My dad was born in Burnley so it’s close to me and my family. I feel I can continue progressing and push on to eventually try and get into the first-team.

“I’ve been shown around the training ground and I thought the facilities and the plans for the future were excellent so it made me want to come here even more.”

Thomas, a Welsh under-19 international, was twice included in the match day squad for Bolton’s first team last season although on both occasions was an unused substitute.

“It was a great experience,” he said, adding: “There were a lot of fans at Cardiff away and with it being my first time with the first-team away it was a bit nervy but I loved it and it gave me a taste for the future.

“I love going away with Wales as you get to meet new lads from different clubs so it’s always a pleasure to represent my country.

“I can play as a number ten or a number nine and I like to create and score goals. My immediate aim is to get to know my teammates here at the club, start doing that and enjoy it.”

A big welcome to Jamie, our first summer signing, who has now been added to the development squad on our Squad List page.

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