New clubs for two former Clarets
Two players, who have spent time with the Clarets, have landed themselves new clubs this week, one in non-league with Wealdstone and the other at League Two club Lincoln City.
Wealdstone, who play in the National League South, confirmed on Monday afternoon that they’d signed central defender Taofiq Olomowewe who left Burnley at the end of last season.
After a short time on trial, Olomowewe joined the Clarets in March 2016 from Nike Academy on a contract until the end of the 2016/17 season. He joined the development squad. At the time, coach Michael Jolley said: “Taofiq is a terrific character with real potential. We are delighted to have him here and hopefully he will have a good career at Burnley.”
That potential wasn’t fulfilled and it was no surprise when he was released at the end of last season. He had trials with a number of clubs but has now joined Wealdstone who are currently tenth in the table.
Olomowewe might well have been without a club since the end of last season, but when Cameron Stewart signed for Lincoln yesterday it ended a search for a new club that began when he was released by Ipswich at the end of the 2015/16 without having kicked a ball for them.
He joined Burnley on loan from Hull in the 2012/13 season, proving to be Eddie Howe’s final signing as Burnley manager. He went straight into the team for a home defeat against Brighton but made only one further start for us and his last appearance was as a substitute in the 4-0 defeat at Cardiff when Terry Pashley was in charge for the final time.
He subsequently had loans at Blackburn, Charlton and Leeds before signing a permanent deal at Ipswich when such a move to Leeds fell through. During his time at Portman Road he enjoyed loans with Barnsley and Doncaster. His last game for Doncaster was in April 2016, coming on as a substitute in a 3-1 defeat at Crewe.
Yesterday, after training with them, he signed a three month deal with Lincoln whose manager Danny Cowley said: “We’ve been working really hard over the last couple of weeks to get him fit and improve his fitness levels.
“We’ll have to work hard to continually improve his match fitness, but we’ve seen enough from his technical ability, attitude and application to know that he will add to our group.
“I think we can benefit from him not playing too much recently, because we’re getting a really hungry player who’s got real quality. He’s a creator, a goal scorer and a set piece specialist. We’re excited to add him to our group.”
Stewart made his Lincoln debut last night in their Checkatrade Trophy win against Everton’s under-21 team, coming on as a substitute at half time for current Burnley player Josh Ginnelly who is on a season long loan at Lincoln.
The Played for Both Clubs feature has been updated to add Stewart to the Lincoln list, the 14th post-war player to have played for both us and Lincoln.
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