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Northern Ireland under-21 left back Luke Conlan will be staying on loan with Morecambe until 30th April, Burnley have confirmed this evening.

If nothing else, that sort of clears up the confusion of four weeks ago when Burnley confirmed Conlan would be with Morecambe until the end of the season despite Morecambe themselves claiming it would only be until after the Easter fixtures. Now it is the other way round with Burnley announcing the April date but Morecambe suggesting it will be until the end of the season with their last game not until 7th May.

Since first signing for them in January, and making his Football League debut as a substitute in a 3-1 defeat at Northampton, he’s gone on to play ten league games for them, the last of them coming on Good Friday in a 2-0 home defeat against Plymouth.

Manager Jim Bentley, one of the league’s longest serving managers, said: “Luke has done very well for us so far and is enjoying getting regular games at this level. He is still only young but is improving all the time and we are delighted that he will be with us until the end of the season.”

The 21-year-old Conlan was on duty for his country last night along with team mates Cameron Dummigan and Conor Mitchell and former Claret Shay McCartan who is now with Accrington. He was in the Northern Under-21 side that were beaten 3-1 by Scotland at St Mirren. Dummigan and McCartan, who gave Northern Ireland the lead, played while Mitchell was again an unused substitute.

Luke was a member of the youth team that had two good seasons in the cup competitions. He played in the two legged FA Youth Cup semi-final in 2012 against Blackburn and then in the ties in the same competition in the following season against Manchester United and Manchester City, having a particularly outstanding game in the win at Old Trafford.

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