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Northern Ireland under-21 international Luke Conlan has today left Burnley and signed a two-year deal with Morecambe for whom he played last season on loan.

The 21-year-old has been with the Clarets for five years. He was a member of the side that played in the FA Youth Cup semi-final against Blackburn in 2011/12, his first season at Turf Moor, and in the following season lined up against the two Manchester clubs in the same competition, having an outstanding game in the 4-3 win at Old Trafford against United.

1415 burnley luke conlan 00 630x420He spent most of last season out on loan, firstly at St. Mirren and then two spells at Morecambe where his season ended prematurely due to a horribly gash on his leg that required stitches.

Morecambe were always keen on signing him and today completed the deal with manager Jim Bentley saying: “Luke came in on loan last season and put in some strong performances. He’s young, got plenty of potential and will only get better the more he plays and adapts to football at League Two level.”

“He’s a good lad with a good attitude and he has a great desire to succeed and progress. We’re very pleased he’s agreed to join us and together we are looking to improve.”

Luke, who played sixteen times for the Shrimps last season, added: “The manager showed great faith to bring me in at the end of last season and the fact that he gave me as much game time as he did gave me a strong positive feeling towards him.

“The group of lads and staff at the club helped me settle in really well into a new environment. I really enjoyed my experience last year and know with the quality that’s in the dressing room we can do a lot better this year than we showed at the end of last season.

“For me I just want to keep working hard and get a good pre0-season under me to set me up for a long season and hopefully be better prepared for the physical side of it this season.

“The first team is a massive difference from under-21s football but I enjoyed the challenge and I know the more games I play and the experience I get from playing with some of the players in  our team will only make me a better player.”

Luke is the last of that team who played against Blackburn to leave Burnley. He’s a good lad and I personally wish him the very best with his career at Morecambe.

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