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1617 burnley jamie thomas 01 800It was a hectic summer for young striker Jamie Thomas. Having left Bolton, the 19-year-old signed for Burnley and then, just over two weeks later, went out on loan to Ayr United until January.

Things started well for him north of the border. He started three Scottish League Cup games for the Championship club, was three times brought on as a substitute in the league and also started a Scottish League Challenge Cup tie.

Those appearances have dried up. Five of the seven had come by the end of August and his last appearance was as a substitute at Falkirk on 24th September which has prompted his early return to Turf Moor.

Ayr boss Ian McCall explained that it was the progress of other strikers that had left Thomas with less action. “Jamie looks a really good player but his chances were limited because Forrest has progressed while McGuffie has come through much quicker than anyone expected and is now a first team player,” he said.

“It meant that game time for Jamie would most likely be limited so we both agreed it would be best for him to go back to Burnley. I would like to thank him for his efforts while here, he’s a great boy and will have a good future in the game ahead of him.”

Thomas played in this week’s development squad game although that is not his first appearance since his loan started. He’ll be able to continue playing in those games but I believe he won’t be permitted to play in any Premier League Cup games until the international clearance is obtained in January.

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