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Goalkeeper Charlie Casper has today signed his first professional contract with the Clarets, committing to the club for the next two years.

Despite missing a part of last season through injury, he’s progressed well. He had an outstanding game in the FA Youth Cup tie against Norwich and his form has seen him working with the first team squad where he has already made the bench.

The name is familiar of course. His dad Chris played for Manchester United and Reading before injury cut short his career. He’s now involved with some of his former Class of 92 colleagues at Salford City where he’s the director of football.

Charlie’s granddad Frank was a Burnley player for nine years from 1967 to 1976 after which he coached at the club through to 1983 before stepping in as manager from January of that year until the end of the season. He returned to manage the club for just short of three years in 1989.

Charlie has been in the academy at Burnley since he was aged eleven. He said today: “It’s something that you dream of. When you first come in as a kid, it’s one of the biggest aims when coming through the academy. To now have achieved that and to do it at the club I support, it’s a dream come true and I’m really excited to start the season.

“I had a meeting with the coaches and they told me I had got my professional contract an as I soon as I got that it was a sense of excitement but also relief at the same time. Just to know that I’m cemented at the club for the next couple of years, it was just a great feeling to be honest.”

Up the Clarets wish him the very best with the Clarets.

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