Teenage shot stopper Tony Aghayere is excited to gain his first taste of senior football, after his month long loan move to Colne went through on Friday afternoon.
Making the short journey from Burnley’s academy to the XLCR Stadium, Aghayere has been drafted in to aid the Reds North West Counties promotion push, and after training with the side on Thursday evening, he is eager to get crucial game time under his belt.
Standing at a commanding 6ft3, the 19-year-old Spaniard is not daunted by the prospect of a promotion battle at Colne, and with ten games scheduled in March, Aghayere has ample time to impress at the ninth tier club.
Aghayere said: “I’m very happy to have signed on loan at Colne. It’ll be a great experience for me and I can’t wait to get some first team football under my belt now.
“I came into training at Burnley on Wednesday morning and my coach Craig Mawson told me that Colne needed a keeper. He asked if I was interested in a loan move and before I knew it I was at the club accepting the loan move.”
The talented teenager has done his homework on his current club, and after seeing a few familiar faces during his first training session, he has fitted in seamlessly under the management of Steven Cunningham.
He added: “I know Colne are doing quite well in the league and cup and I’ve realised that they have real hopes of promotion this season.
“It seems like the squad is a good group and I knew Alex Coleman as he was a fellow scholar at Burnley. The manager seems very knowledgeable and I’m itching to get going now.”
With the Reds firmly in the promotion shake-up, the side’s new signing wants to start his loan with a clean sheet and with the prospect of playing a huge role in the team this month, Aghayere could well be the difference for Colne this season, as he finished by saying.
“I’d like to keep as many clean sheets as possible this month and hopefully that’ll help us to plenty of victories which will keep the team up at the top of the table.”