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In April we were able to report that there would be ten new scholars joining the youth squad ahead of the 2019/20 season, but yesterday that ten became eleven with the capture of goalkeeper Lewis Thomas who has moved from Manchester City ahead of his second year.

1819 burnley tony philliskirk 01 500x500The other ten are as reported previously. They are full backs Joel Connolly and Finlay Armstrong and central defenders  Matthew Carson and Jake Rooney. Both of the full backs have been with the club since the under-13 level with the two central defenders coming in one year later.

Into midfield and Ben Woods, who signed from Manchester United during last season, is alongside Corey Brennan, another here since under-13, and Tremaine Eastmond and Dylan Moonan who have both been here since the under-9 level.

Another to have been here since under-9 is striker Lewis Richardson while the other forward joining is Joe McGlynn who has been here since the under-12 team.

Coach Tony Philliskirk, who himself has been back at Burnley only since last December, said: “It’s a proud day for the lads and for their parents to see them come into the full time environment. They have had their first day on Monday, which mainly just consisted of a medical and fitness work.”

He added: “It’s good that a lot of them have been here at least two or three years, so they are familiar with the surroundings and it’s not all new to them. But a few of them are leaving home now and moving into digs, so that’s a big difference in their lives.”

They will get the opportunity to represent the club soon in the CEE Cup in Prague before returning home to prepare for the new U18 Professional Development League season.

Up the Clarets wish them luck in Prague and the very best in their new careers at Burnley Football Club.

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