Burnley Football Club is delighted to announce that Youth Team striker Khius Metz has been offered new terms to remain at Turf Moor.
The 18-year-old (pictured below), who has been capped at U19 level for Ireland, will remain alongside midfielder Aiden O’Neill, who signed a long-term professional deal in January, 2016.
O’Neill, 17, has been a regular for the Development Squad during his two-year scholarship since joining the Clarets from Brisbane Athletic in 2014.
Metz will now join O’Neill in the Development Squad, and coach Michael Jolley is pleased to welcome the forward.
Jolley said: “We feel that Khius has done enough during the course of his scholarship to be worthy of an additional offer for further time at the club to further his development.
“His biggest strength is obviously his incredible pace and he has already played international football for his age group, which also helps his development.
“We feel that he still has a lot of potential to improve here, and more regular game time against a more varied opposition in the Development Squad will help him."
Jolley added: “Aiden (pictured below) came out of the Youth Team environment fairly early as we identified from an early stage that he could cope with development football 18-months ago.
"He has been in and around our group for some time and has also been around the first team an awful lot already, so he is making great strides and he deservedly got his professional contract in January.”
The club can also confirm that seven second year scholars will not be offered a new deal and will depart at the end of the season.
Defenders Vashiko Dixon, Shaun Hobson, Lewis Norvock and Andrew Nugent, along with midfielders Jamal Crawford and Hamam El-Fitouri and striker Josh Dolling, will leave Turf Moor.
Academy Manager Jason Blake said: “We understand that it is a difficult time for any players who do not received new contacts at the club.
“The Academy will provide as much support as possible to the players and their families ensure that they gain the most appropriate exit route relevant to their requirements.
“Whether it is to pursue a contract at another professional club, a scholarship experience in America or a route to the University environment, the club has various strategies to assist with each pathway.
Blake added: “Each player will retain access to the scholarship programme of training and matches for the remaining duration of their contract.
“During this time, the Academy staff will be working to assist each player with their chosen exit route.
“Each of the players who have been unsuccessful at securing a new contract have conducted themselves excellently throughout their scholarship period.
“They have been a credit to the themselves and their families. We wish them every success for the future in their desired destinations.”
Burnley Football Club would like to thank the players for their efforts and wish them every success in their future careers.