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Third year scholar Lewis Thomas has signed a work experience loan with National League North club AFC Fylde and is expected to make a debut for them tomorrow in their FA Trophy game at Boston.

Fylde have injury problems with both Chris Neal and Max Johnstone ruled out, two goalkeepers who signed last summer. Johnstone was recruited from St. Johnstone while Neal has extensive Football League experience and played in the Port Vale team we defeated in the League Cup in 2012.

Thomas was a Manchester City player for the first year of his scholarship and moved to Burnley in the summer of 2019. He is now eligible to play in both the under-23 and under-18 teams but will hopefully get his first opportunity of first team football.

That could come at the recently opened new stadium at Boston and Fylde boss Nick Chadwick, who is currently in charge while Jim Bentley recovers from heart surgery, said: “Lewis arrives here highly recommended. He’s a goalkeeper with significant stature. He’s eager to learn and gain more experience in men’s football so with our current goalkeeping situation it’s a really good fit.

“We would like to thank Burnley for allowing us to bring Lewis in and we hope that he enjoys his time with us.”

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