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1920 burnley ryan cooney signs 1000x500Burnley’s under-23 squad has just returned from a pre-season training camp in Poland and immediately strengthened the squad with the capture of 19-year-old Bury defender Ryan Cooney who has signed a one year deal with the option of a further year.

Cooney arrives at Burnley with some first team experience over the last two seasons for the Gigg Lane club. He made a league debut back in August 2017, coming on as a late substitute in a 0-0 draw at Rochdale, and he’s gone on to make 21 league appearances in the last two seasons, ten of those being starts. He’s also added a further eight appearances in the Checkatrade Trophy.

The 19-year-old from Manchester is a right sided defender; he often played a wing back role at Bury and he is able to play anywhere along the back line.

He said: “Playing in the first team has been good experience and the way we went about it to get promotion, we didn’t let anything affect us.” He added: “It’s tough to leave Bury in some ways, to say that I’ve been there since the age of nine, but I think now is the time to move on elsewhere and come to a good club like Burnley.

“This is a Premier League club and that’s where you want to be. It’s a great opportunity with everything there is here. I need to focus back on the under-23s, rather than the first team, and carry on, work hard and keep improving myself. I’m looking forward to getting up to match fitness sharp and then it’s time to crack on and see what I can do.”

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