Teenage midfielder joins Brian Flynn's Doncaster
Cameron Howieson has been snapped up by former Burnley favourite Brian Flynn in a loan switch to Doncaster Rovers.
The Clarets’ midfielder has joined the League One promotion chasers on a youth loan running until the end the season.
Howieson, who made two substitute appearances in the Championship for Burnley last season, will be available for Doncaster’s next five games before linking up with New Zealand’s under-20 squad for a series of World Cup qualifiers.
The 18-year-old is due to report to the Junior All Whites on 12 March with the qualifying tournament in Fiji running from 21-29 March.
He will then rejoin Rovers, who appointed ex-Clarets’ midfielder Flynn as manager last month following Dean Saunders’ departure to Wolves, with Burnley boss Sean Dyche seeing the move as another important step in Howieson’s development.
“I think it will be a really good one for him. Brian Flynn is someone local and someone I know and respect and I spoke to him recently about Cammie,” said Dyche.
“It will be a great experience for him, on and off the pitch, being at a different club with a different regime which are all the things that go into the melting pot of a young professional earning their spurs.”
Howieson, who signed a professional contract at Turf Moor at the end of last season after impressing in the Clarets’ youth set-up, has been given squad number 22 and could make his Doncaster debut against top-six rivals Yeovil Town at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday.
He said: "It's good to be here and I’m looking forward to it.
“It’s my first loan move out so it’s a big experience for me. I will take it day by day and hopefully I will get some good experience from this.
“Doncaster are at the top of the table and are doing really well and I want to help them push on and get to the Championship.
“I’ve got to take every game as it comes and do the best I possibly can.”
Howieson joins Alex MacDonald, George Porter, Shay McCartan, Tom Anderson and Steve Hewitt out on loan with Dyche keen to utilise such deals to benefit the Clarets' young professionals.
“I am interested in all the young players getting as much chance to be around first-team football as possible at whatever level we deem appropriate,” he added.