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wilson signs 400x400A year ago, when players such as James Clarke and Oliver Younger were graduating from the youth team with professional contracts, Scott Wilson, who can play either at left-back or his preferred position as the left of two central defenders, was awarded a third year scholarship and then very quickly shipped out on loan to Stalybridge Celtic.

I think it is fair to say that things have gone well for him since. He had a good first half of the season at Stalybridge before returning to Burnley. He had a wait to get his chance but injuries to other players, including Clarke, Younger and Teddy Perkins, gave him his chance in the under-23s and he took it with both hands, turning in some outstanding displays, often alongside Bobby Thomas.

He was rewarded with a first ever professional contract which he has signed today, meaning he will be at Burnley for a further year with the club having an option for a year beyond that.

Wilson, who is from Langho, said: “I’m delighted. To have been here for a number of years and then be told I was getting a contract was fantastic. I’ve enjoyed my time through the Academy and being a scholar.

“Some people see getting a third year as a negative, some as a positive. I took it on, did what I needed to do, did my loan spell, which I enjoyed, and then came back and showed what I’m all about. I think I came back a bit more mature, knowing how the game works. It was an important year, obviously wanting this contract. I was buzzing at the news and my mum and dad are very proud.

“We’ll see what happens now. I’ll get pre-season done and then we’ll have chats about what happens next, but I’ll be working harder than ever to do well and make the most of the opportunity I’ve got here.”

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