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It doesn’t seem that long ago that the name of Cameron Howieson was on the lips of Burnley fans. Although a member of the youth team which had reached the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup, he’d gone on to make a first team debut, won his first full international caps for New Zealand and featured for them in the 2012 Olympics in the UK.

In the 2012/13 season he turned in a superb performance in the FA Youth Cup at Old Trafford as the Clarets beat Manchester United 4-3 and then went on loan to Doncaster where, due to international¬† calls, he didn’t get a game.

1415-burnley-cameron-howieson-00-300x500The next two seasons weren’t good ones for him at Burnley and he seemed to be away with New Zealand more often than he was with us and when he was released in the summer of last year it didn’t really come as a surprise.

He won himself a one year deal with St. Mirren in the Scottish Championship. It started well enough, scoring on his league debut at Ibrox against Rangers, but he hardly featured in the second half of the season and was released at the end of it.

Having failed to land a deal after a trial at Bolton, he started this season playing for the Nike Academy but has since opted to return home to New Zealand where he is now playing for Team Wellington.

Having settled back into New Zealand life, he said in an interview three weeks ago about his time in England: “I did really well in my first two season, then didn’t do as well as I wanted in my last few years.

“We had a change of manager and a different type of manager came in and didn’t really see me in his plans. That made it very difficult and I got injured one pre-season, which obviously didn’t help my cause.

“It’s hard for young players coming through, unless you’re very talented and special, clubs seem to go out and buy players, which can be frustrating, but it’s something which is normal in football in the UK.

“It’s something which people don’t realise what it’s like over there. It was an enjoyable time, but there were highs and lows.”

Looking forward, he added: “Really I just want to enjoy my football. At times I haven’t enjoyed myself, so I want to have fun and hopefully with the fun being back, people over here can see my playing ability and bigger things will come up in the next few years.”

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