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Wood Delighted To Pick Up Award

10 May 2016

Striker Tommy Wood has expressed his delight after becoming only the second first year scholar to pick up the Youth Team Player of the Year Award.

The former Chelsea and Reading forward moved north to join the Clarets last summer.

And the Londoner was delighted to pick up the award at Sunday’s official club awards’ night.

Wood said: “It’s a great feeling to be awarded this trophy and it’s been an amazing season for me personally since joining in July.

“I moved away from home into a new scenery, and it’s been great being here since day one as all the coaches, players and every member of staff have made me feel welcome.

“I’m just really enjoying my football here and hopefully this is just the beginning for me and I can now push on for next season.”

Defender Cameron Dummigan was the first player to win the award as a first-year scholar two seasons ago.

And Striker Wood sees the Oldham Athletic loanee as a shining example to follow.

Wood explained: “It’s great seeing Cameron doing so well in League one on loan, and that gives me an extra incentive to push on now.

“I will be working hard over the summer and in pre-season and again try my hardest in every session and game and do my very best to win the award again next season.”

It has been a roller-coaster year for the 17-year-old, who has won the prestigious award 12-months after being released from Reading.

Wood added: “Obviously it was hard news to take, being released, but I knew I couldn’t give up there.

“I got the call from Burnley, came on trial and I absolutely loved the place and I have thoroughly enjoyed my year here.”

Wood ended the season with seven goals, just one behind top scorer Josh Dolling - a tally he wants to better next season.

Wood said: “I’m a striker so naturally I want to score as many goals as possible. It’s nice to score a few goals this season, but I want to score more and be top scorer next campaign.

“It’s a great standard of football in the U21s and that’s the level I want to aim for and play at regularly and it’s another step closer to the first team.

“That’s the aim ultimately, and training with the development squad and playing games will only help me develop and improve me as a player.”

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