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Gilchrist Looks To Learn Off Senior Strikers

28 July 2014

Clarets' young striker Jason Gilchrist insists he is always looking to learn off his fellow strikers after netting his second pre-season goal in as many games.

Gilchrist, 19, scored his first senior goal for the club in the 8-0 win over FC Grossklein during the tour of Austria and in the 73rd minute against Accrington, he struck again to clinch victory over Burnley's League Two neighbours.

Sean Dyche has bolstered his striking ranks this summer with the additions of Marvin Sordell and Lukas Jutkiewicz to compliment Danny Ings, Ashley Barnes and long-term absentee Sam Vokes.

And the second-half substitute, famed for his hat-trick heroics at Old Trafford in the 2012 FA Youth Cup, says spending time with the expanded pool of senior strikers can only benefit his development.

Gilchrist said: “I’m delighted to contribute another goal and the lads have done really well today. It was tough game against Accrington as they’re a good team who work hard but we hung on.

“The new strikers that have come in are all fantastic lads and it’s going to be a good fight in that position and hopefully I can be in and around it.

“If you go to the other strikers to speak to them for advice or anything you need then they’ll help you.

“If they feel there is something that I’m not doing right then they’ll show me the way they think it should be done and all round they’ve helped me a lot."

Gilchrist is likely to be involved again when the Clarets meet Preston North End at Deepdale for another Lancashire pre-season test.

The St Helens-born striker was joined in the team at Accrington by fellow youngsters Jayden Hall, Tom Anderson, Steven Hewitt and Nathan Lowe.

Such integration of younger players alongside the first-team has been a feature of pre-season thus far and Clarets boss Sean Dyche has been on hand to give advice during this invaluable exposure to the demands of senior football.

Gilchrist added: “He has just told me to keep going, work hard and trying build on my game.

“Hopefully I can be involved against Preston and Blackpool but it is up to the gaffer to decide who he puts in.

“He’s got to make that decision and his decision will be final because the ones he has made so far at the club have served us pretty well!”

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