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Luke Hendrie and Alex Whitmore, two of our younger professionals, both enjoyed successful loans last season at Kilmarnock and Morecambe respectively.

1516 burnley luke hendrie 00 630x420Hendrie (pictured) made 32 Scottish Premiership appearances for Kilmarnock at the same time as completing his studies in professional sports writing and broadcasting at Staffordshire University where he’s gained a first class honours degree.

Burnley signed the now 22-year-old from Derby two years ago and that’s when Hendrie, son of former Bradford City, Newcastle and Middlesbrough striker John, decided to take the course should he not find another club.

Hendrie said: “My dad works in the media and it’s always something that’s interested me. Having said that, as I’ve gone on I have thought about other options and I might go down a different route, maybe teaching, and I want to take my coaching badges in the future.”

He admits that the course has made him more confident and maybe he could do some media training by tracking team mate Whitmore who has just received praise from Morecambe goalkeeper Barry Roche.

“I know there were teams looking at Alex Whitmore from higher divisions,” Roche said in a Radio Lancashire interview. “I don’t know Burnley’s plans for him but it would be no surprise if a League One side came in for him for a year to help with his development.”

Whitmore, who had previously been on loan at National League clubs Chester and Gateshead, was a regular in the Morecambe side and made a total of 43 appearances for them during last season.

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