Development Squad manager Michael Jolley believes Steven Hewitt’s loan to Southport can help him kick on back at Burnley.
The midfielder, who developed through the club’s academy, played seven games for the Sandgrounders between March and April.
And Hewitt, 21, who scored the winning goal in his final game to help keep Southport in the Vanarama Conference, is showing signs of further development, according to Jolley.
Speaking after the Development Squad’s 3-2 victory against Oldham on Tuesday, Jolley said: “I think you could see in Stevie’s performance that he has matured even in the short time he has been away.
“I saw Steve play a couple of times for Southport and he performed really well and he crowned it off with a terrific goal at the weekend to help keep them up.
“He’s had a real positive experience and he comes back a little bit more mature, a little bit more experienced and he is now ready to move forward in his career next season.
“Just that little bit of experience of playing a real competitive game is important for all our players.”
Jolley now hopes Hewitt’s loan spell can be a catalyst for similar experiences for the Development Squad next season.
He added: ““We want to get most of the lads out on loan and it’s a really important part of their learning that they go play real competitive football.
“As much as the U21 fixtures do help, we want to get them some league or Conference games if that’s appropriate and it’s an important part for them, so the bottom line is we want to get them all out on loan.”
Elsewhere, Luke Daly and Cameron Howieson both featured In the victory over the Latics, recently after learning
they would not be offered new terms at Turf Moor next season.
And Jolley explained that the fixture was a great opportunity for the youngsters to advertise themselves in front of the on watching scouts.
“The reason Luke and Cameron played today is because we want to find them a new club,” he said.
“We had some scouts from other clubs here who were looking specifically at those two lads and we will speak to them now on the back of the game.
“Cameron has already been out to a couple of clubs and so has Luke, so it’s our role now to find the next step in their career and we are working hard to do that.”