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O'Neill is Cod Army recruit

Midfielder Aiden O'Neill joins Fleetwood on season-long loan

1 August 2017

Midfielder Aiden O’Neill has joined Fleetwood Town on a season-long loan.

The deal to take O'Neill to the Highbury Stadium includes a re-call option in place for January.

O’Neill’s move to the 'Cod Army' will mean another taste of League One football as the 19-year-old gets the chance to further his first-team experience.

The Australian spent the second half of last season on loan at Oldham Athletic, making 15 league appearances for the Latics as they successfully beat the drop.

O’Neill made 12 starts for John Sheridan’s side and three substitute appearances, including a short run-out against Fleetwood, who reached the League One play-offs under Uwe Rosler.

O’Neill told Fleetwood's website: “I’m really excited to come here and work under Uwe Rosler and his staff. I want to hit the ground running and do my best to help the team.”

Rosler added: “Aiden is a player who we have had on our radar for quite some time. He is 19 years old, but he is far more matured than his age.

"He will add things to our team that we need. He is athletic, well-skilled and we must give compliments to the coaching staff at Burnley for that.

“He is very ambitions, a good lad and I’m delighted to get him to us. I’m sure our department in central midfield will be strengthened. I’m really looking forward to working with Aiden.”

O’Neill, who joined the Clarets’ Academy in 2015 after playing youth football for hometown club Brisbane Athletic, made his first-team debut for the Clarets last season.

The central midfield player - under contract at Turf Moor until June, 2019 with the option of a further 12 months - made three Premier League appearances and one further FA Cup appearance from the bench and made his sole start against Accrington Stanley in the League Cup.

O’Neill becomes the third of Burnley’s young players to join a League One side on loan ahead of the new season, following Chris Long’s move to Northampton Town and Alex Whitmore’s temporary switch to Bury.

The League One season starts this coming Saturday, with Fleetwood hosting relegated Rotherham United, Bury entertaining Walsall and Northampton going to Shrewsbury Town.

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