Ex-Clarets in non-league moves
A couple of players who have been with the Clarets in recent years have moved to new non-league clubs ahead of the 2018/19 season.
Young central defender Taofiq Olomowewe joined the Clarets from the Nike Academy during the second half of the 2015/16 season and was part of the development squad until the end of the following, 2016/17, season after which he was released.
He was out of the game early last season but then dropped into non-league and signed for Wealdstone last October. He had a loan spell during the season with Enfield Town where he impressed enough for them to now sign him permanently for next season.
His new manager Andy Leese said: “We have agreed terms with Taofiq who of course played on loan for us last season. He really impressed us last season and we moved quickly to secure his signature when we knew he was available.
“He is young and has the attributes to go higher. He could have signed for a number of clubs so we are delighted “T” wanted to join us and share our ambitions.”
Olomowewe wasn’t close to being a part of the first team squad at Burnley but the other player involved in a recent move made the bench as our then third choice goalkeeper.
Jon Stewart signed for Burnley in August 2011 having previously been with then manager Eddie Howe’s old club Bournemouth. At the time, Lee Grant was our first choice goalkeeper but Stewart was named substitute when Brian Jensen was ruled out for a period with an injury.
He was released after two years. Grant left for Derby and Jensen was released at the same time bringing about a complete overhaul of the goalkeepers. His only first team action during his Turf Moor stay was during two loans at Alfreton and he’s also played for them since departing Burnley.
He’s also played for Worksop and Bradford (Park Avenue) whilst he started last season at Shaw Lane before ending it with Boston United. The 29-year-old is on the move again and has signed for Gainsborough Trinity ahead of the new season.
One other non-league transfer is a player whose name might not be familiar to many Burnley fans. Jack Higgins spent last season with Warrington Town and he was named in the Evo-Stik Premier League Team of the Season. Jack has moved ahead of the new season to Farsley Celtic.
He’s currently working for Burnley Football Club. He joined the club’s academy last summer as the head of education and welfare, replacing Pat McKiernan who retired after a number of years in the role.
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