Chairman reveals new plans on new Clarets Player HD Studio Show
Burnley Chairman Mike Garlick has revealed that for the first time, the club has set aside an annual budget to strengthen the club’s Development Squad.
Mr Garlick broke the news in an exclusive interview for the club’s new studio show, ‘Turf More’, which premieres on Clarets Player HD later today.
The ring-fenced cash will help to maintain and improve the standard of young players at the club over the next five years, with the main aim of breaking into the first team.
This summer, at the start of the new initiative, the club signed five new Development Squad players: Arsenal midfielder Renny Smith, AFC Wimbledon striker Dan Agyei, Derby County midfielder Luke Hendrie, Everton right back Arlen Birch and Shrewsbury winger Josh Ginnelly.
The Chairman confirmed: “The club has ring-fenced a sum of money for the next five years, so that every year we can add to the Development Squad and bring it up to the quality deemed necessary.
“The Premier League windfall has enabled us to plan for the future, rather than just fighting over scraps every year and wondering where the next penny is coming from.
“It is a definite benefit of our legacy of the Premier League season and it’s about quality, rather than quantity because with the Development Squad, we want to make sure that some of those players progress to the first team.
“If we are honest with ourselves, over the last 10 to 15 years not enough of that has happened.”
The full interview with Mike Garlick can be seen as part of the first ever edition of ‘Turf More’ which airs on Clarets Player HD later today.
The 55-minute pilot show, dedicated to all things claret and blue, features studio guests Lukas Jutkiewicz and Chief Executive David Baldwin, who also discusses the travel arrangements for the upcoming Blackburn Rovers game.
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