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Winger Tristan Jumeau was released by Burnley after his two year scholarship, but the 18-year-old from Barrow-in-Furness has fixed himself up with a move to America on a four year footballing scholarship at the Georgia State University.

1617 burnley tristan jumeau 00 500x500Burnley’s 2016/17 Scholar of the Year, had been with us since the age of 13 but learned in February that he would not be getting either a professional contract or an extension to his scholarship. He said: “Initially, being told I was being released was quite a blow, but I know how competitive football is. I’m not deluded. I know it’s a very small percentage make it right to the top.

“Especially with the first team at Burnley doing so well and the new building and everything, the standard has definitely improved at the academy. So, it was always going to be a hard task to get a contract.

“As soon as I found out, I just wanted to finish the season well and enjoy my football with the under-18s and it was nice to play with a bit of pressure off.”

He added: “As a person I’m all about the professionalism and doing everything right and there’s definitely been the environment to do that. With the sports science and the gym programmes I have been given, I’ve definitely improved athletically as well as all the areas tactical, technical and social.

“The coaching has been fantastic. I worked with Duffo last year, obviously a top ex-professional, and Cads and JT (Danny Cadamarteri and John Townson) this year have been really good as well, and the analysis side of it I had never experienced at all.

“It’s been interesting. I had been at Burnley for five years and I’ve seen massively the progression from when I was with the under-13s to now.”

He’s certainly not given up on a career in football and there is still an ambition to represent Canada, his mum’s birthplace. “I think there was a bit of interest at the start of last season, but nothing came of it in the end,” he said. “It would be nice and I suppose I will be a bit closer over there in the States.”

Up the Clarets would like to wish Tristan all the very best in Georgia.

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