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Defender Lewis King and striker Craig Ellison, two members of Spennymoor Town’s youth team have signed contracts with Burnley until the end of the season.

Spennymoor have reported today that the pair have been training with us in recent weeks and impressed during their trials to the extent that both have been offered the contracts with both then hoping to win longer deals.

spennymoor signsKing told his club’s website: “After we enjoyed a successful run in the Youth Cup, myself and Craig went on trial with Burnley. It’s ever kid’s dream to play at a high level and make a living from playing football.

“Spennymoor has helped me develop as a player and a person, and I would like to say a big thank you to the coaches and management who have pushed me every week.”

Ellison added: “It’s a big step and a much higher standard than I’ve been playing. I’ve wanted to be a footballer since I was around eight years old. Despite knowing a few clubs were interested, I knew Burnley was the right club for me after I went on trial there and got on well the players and coaches.

“I have loved every minute of my time at Spennymoor. I will miss the lads and would like to say thank you to Gary and Cloughy (Gary Farley and Liam Clough, under 18 coaches) for their coaching and work that has helped me improve as a player.”

After completing the signings, Burnley academy manager Jon Pepper said: “The lads didn’t look out of place during their time here. We have been tracking and monitoring their progress for around two months.

“Craig is a throwback to an old-fashioned striker and is not afraid to be physical and compete, something which is rare with academy players. Lewis is very composed on the ball and reads the game well, and he could potentially play a number of positions as it’s clear that he is a good all-round footballer.

“First, we will get them integrated into the group and look at areas for development. In terms of the future, we will be looking to move them into the Under 23 side which would get them a little bit closer to the first team.

“At some stage, we would look at possibly sending them out on loan, but that is very much in the long-term plan.”

 

The photograph showing King (left) and Ellison (right) is courtesy of David Nelson, Spennymoor Town FC.

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