Youth Coach Terry Pashley was itching for the league season to start after Burnley Youth romped to a 5-0 victory away at Preston North End.
A brace from Andreas Bianga along with goals by Khuis Metz, Ntumba Massanka and Christian Hill sealed the impressive win.
And Pashley felt the tough pre-season will stand the team in good stead ahead of the league campaign.
He said: “I’m looking forward to the season ahead.
“It’ll be nice to get pre-season out of the way and get the games going, but the pre-season work has to be done, it’s where you get a grounding and laying down the foundations.
“We can see an improvement in the boys already in three and a half weeks.
“The weather has been hot in the last couple of weeks which has made the work harder but that’s just the way it is and we’ll get on and get it done.”
The Youth side will have a fresh look to it this season with no fewer than ten First Year scholars joining the club, and Pashley was full of praise for the new boys.
“The first years are a good group, they’re settling in well and they get on with each-other which is vital.
“They’ve got a fantastic work-ethic. Of course there are a few mistakes and things we need to work on but we’re on the right road and I’m enjoying working with them.”
Cameron Dummigan, Jason Gilchrist and Steven Hewitt are the latest academy products to find themselves training with the first team and Pashley admitted that his youth side can take great hope from the development of their senior team-mates.
Pashley added: “It’s our aim for every player to get through to the first team, you look at these lads and it’s the aim of every player that walks through the door and it’s good for the young lads to see as it will inspire them more.”
Burnley kick off their season at home to Blackpool on Saturday 9th August at 11:00am.