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1516 burnley luke hendrie 00 300x500Luke Hendrie has been almost the forgotten one of our players out on loan since joining Kilmarnock in August on a deal that has now been extended until the end of the season.

The now 22-year-old son of former striker John Hendrie joined Burnley from Derby in the summer of 2015. He had no first team experience at all but got that last season during loans in League Two with Hartlepool United and York City, making a total of 21 league appearances with good reports coming back from his respective managers.

This season he’s added another 22 league appearances, this time in the Scottish Premiership with Kilmarnock, along with one game in the Scottish Cup when they were beaten at home by Hamilton.

It was Lee Clark, the former Huddersfield, Birmingham and Blackpool manager who took him to Rugby Park and for whom he’s played most of his games until Clark moved to Bury last week, and Hendrie has had nothing but praise for the new man at Gigg Lane.

Speaking to the Kilmarnock Standard, he said: “I only have good words to say about the manager who brought me to Kilmarnock in the summer. I remember when he called me in the middle of August, he came across as a very intelligent manager and he told me that he had a track record of developing new players.

“As a young player, it is very hard to break straight through into a first team. For years, I have been waiting for a manager who trusts in me when I play, so I can get a run of games to try and establish myself as a professional player. Lee Clark certainly did that when he signed me.”

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