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Aiden O’Neill’s loan to League One club Fleetwood has come to an end with the Fylde coast club confirming this morning that he’s returned to Burnley.

1718 burnley aiden oneill 00 500x500O’Neill joined Fleetwood on 1st August on a season long loan but at the time it was confirmed that Burnley did have a recall option in January should we wish to activate it. However, Fleetwood have reported that he’s returned now because he was going to miss the entire month of January having been called up for the Australian Under-23 team for the AFC Under-23 Championships.

O’Neill made his Burnley debut in August 2016, coming on as a substitute in the 2-0 home win against Liverpool. It was one of three sub appearances in the first half of last season, the others came in the away games at Chelsea and Southampton, before he joined Oldham on loan in January last year where he made 15 league appearances.

This season he was one of a number of young Burnley players to go out on loan and, having signed for Fleetwood ahead of the league season, was able to make his debut for them on the opening day of the season in a 2-0 win against Rotherham, coming on as a substitute midway through the second half.

His first league start came two weeks later in another 2-0 home win, this time against Wimbledon, and he’s gone on to make a total of 27 appearances for them, 21 of them in the league with 13 of those starts. His last appearance came on Friday 22nd December in a 2-0 home defeat against Gillingham.

He also scored his first career goal too, and at no better place than Ewood Park. It came in Fleetwood’s 2-2 draw there in late October. Fleetwood were twice behind and O’Neill scored the first of their two equalisers.

Fleetwood boss Uwe Rösler said today: “I’d like to thank Aiden for his efforts whilst at Fleetwood Town and wish him all the best for the future.”

It is believed he could be set to go out to Scunthorpe on loan at the end of this month, joining up with former Claret Graham Alexander who is in charge at Glanford Park.

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