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Rob Harker ended last season on loan with Hartlepool United in the National League but the young striker, who was previously with Bury, was out of contract by the time the season came to a finish.

He was offered a new one year deal and the club have confirmed this morning that he’s signed it to remain at Burnley for the 2020/21 season.

Now 20, he will be going into his third season with the club and will be part of the under-23 squad that now appears to be back under coach Steve Stone who wasn’t involved last season from October.

Harker said: “I’m really happy to be here for another year after extending my contract with the club. I am glad to be back in after a long layoff but looking to get up to speed quickly.”

He added: “When I am around with the 23s, I will look to be a leader within the group, but a lot of us older ones have had that taste of first team experience after being out on loan last season and hopefully that can happen again at some point.

“As for the younger lads coming out of a scholarship, I will try to lead them and I’m sure the other older lads will as well while we’re here, particularly as we are moving up a level into PL 2. I’m looking forward to getting going now and seeing what the season ahead brings.”

Harker was in good form for the under-23s last season. Prior to joining Hartlepool he’d scored five league goals in the Professional Development League and netted our goal at Ewood Park in the Premier League Cup and that’s never a bad place for a Burnley player to score a goal.

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