Chairman Mike Garlick outlines plans to promote more youth through the ranksGood afternoon everyone and a warm welcome back to Turf Moor following another international break.
These little breaks do allow us to take stock, and I think we can all be delighted at the start to the season we have made.
When you look at the big picture, two points per game will get you promoted automatically, and 1.5 will get you into the play-offs, so to have 1.8 points per game on the board with winter fast approaching, and be sitting on the tails of the early pacesetters, is hugely encouraging.
Our latest victory at Rotherham, sending us into the international break in fine spirits, was, I felt well deserved. And already I believe we are seeing the shoots of a summer’s labour, with the new signings settling in well and making an impact alongside our more established players.
Long may it continue!
You may also have read the news about the club ring-fencing an annual budget to strengthen the club’s second tier of players, known as the Development Squad.
This ring-fenced cash will help to maintain and improve the standard of young players at the club over the next five years.
We are already seeing evidence of this, with the summer recruiting, using cash wisely from the Premier League windfall and enabling us to provide a solid platform and, hopefully, a springboard to first team football.
I think we have to hold our hand up and say that over the last decade or so, not enough players have made that transition.
Jay Rodriguez is the obvious exponent and for a club with a proud tradition of bringing through young players, I feel we should be doing all we can to nurture and encourage that.
We can also be extremely proud of seeing our players on international duty and congratulations must go to Tom Heaton, Steven Ward and Sam Vokes on their recent caps.
Sam, in particular will be absolutely delighted after helping Wales to end their long wait to qualify for a tournament finals and hopefully now, Tom and Steven can also play a part with England and the Republic of Ireland in France next summer.
It was also very pleasing to see Danny Ings make his England debut in midweek. Burnley Football Club can take great pride in the part we have played in his development over the past four years and he is yet another example of how we nurture young talent.
Finally, we had some sad news at the club this week with the death of Ruth McKiernan, the wife of our Academy Head of Education and welfare, Pat McKiernan.
First and foremost, we are a family club and we all feel Pat’s sorrow. The thoughts of everyone at Burnley Football Club are with him, his family and friends at this sad time.