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Earlier this week two of our under-23 squad, Jimmy Dunne and Brad Jackson, went out on loan to Barrow and Southport respectively.

Dunne (pictured) followed in the footsteps of two current first team players Robbie Brady and Jeff Hendrick in playing for St. Kevin’s Boys in Dublin and arrived at Burnley from Manchester United a year ago and now the 19-year-old is set for first team football himself for the first time and could make his debut today in a friendly against Blackburn at Holker Street.

1617-burnley-jimmy-dunne-01-400x500Barrow boss Paul Cox, who took Mansfield back into the Football League, is delighted with the capture of Dunne for the first half of the season. “He’s come from a very good background. He’s an Irish lad who has had a lot of his youth career at Manchester United,” he said.

“He went over to Burnley and he’s a player we have kept an eye on for 18 months now. Initially, Burnley didn’t want to let him out to our level of football, but Nicky Law, the old Alfreton manager, has gone in there for the recruitment and development of the under-23s, and he is our contact here who has opened the door.

“We’ve brought in a very capable player. He’s a central defender, but he can play at left-back, and we have seen him in central midfield. With his background, he is a very competent young footballer.”

Burnley announced Dunne’s move out at the same time as confirming Brad Jackson would spend the 2017/18 season at Southport and that’s left another manager happy. Southport boss Alan Lewer knows all about the Clarets’ wide man; he was involved at Bangor where Jackson spent the second half of last season where Jackson was on loan.

Lewer, who will now work alongside former Liverpool and England central defender Mark Wright who is Southport’s head of development, said: “Brad’s a quick and lively player, he’s a fantastic prospect. We’re very lucky that he wanted to come on board with us at Southport, we know he had interest from National League clubs.

“He’s a very versatile wide player that can play anywhere on the right hand side so we’re very lucky to have these options with Brad.”

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