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We’ve got news of a handful of former young players at Burnley who are at new clubs in the non-league pyramid with one in particular enjoying life in the National League after a move to Altrincham.

The first of them is defender Taofiq Olomowewe who joined us towards the end of the 2015/16 season but was a Burnley player for just over a year. After moving around a number of clubs in the south of England, he joined Weymouth in the summer, a club managed by former Claret Brian Stock.

Brad Jackson – in the National League at Altrincham

He’s already made eight appearances in the league alongside Josh McQuoid, another player who was with us for a short time on loan.

Jamie Frost joined Widnes recently. He was with us for three years from 2013 to 2016 but, strangely played little competitive football for us. Full of promise as a 16-year-old, rather than play in the youth team he was moved immediately into the development squad to play friendlies.

Andreas Bianga left Burnley in 2015 but has continued to play non-league football in the north-west. He’s recently joined Droylsden for a second time while winger Tunde Bayode, who left Burnley at the end of the 2019/20 season is now at Colne and scored the goal that saw them beat City of Liverpool last Saturday in the FA Trophy.

Finally, and not least, joining Olomowewe in the National League this season is Brad Jackson who has signed for Altrincham. Since leaving Burnley in 2018, having come close to making a first team appearance, he’s played for Ashton United, Southport and Chester before this move to Moss Lane.

In an interview this week, he had praise for the Chester managers Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley, claiming he grew so much as a player working with them, but he also had words for two of his coaches at Burnley.

Of his time with the Clarets, he said: “I learned all the basics of football at Burnley, I played there from a young age until I was 21. I was able to train and be included in a few first team squads during my time there.

“It was a great learning experience for me to play with and against players who are now regulars in the Premier League. The club teaches great values to all of the youngsters who are in the academy set up with does help set you up for a career in football.”

He added: “Terry Pashley and Andy Farrell were great coaches at Burnley who took my game on to a new level and gave me the belief that I could succeed in football.”

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