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Development Squad hits the road

Michael Duff takes under-23s away for double-header at Wisbech and Norwich

31 July 2017

The Clarets’ Development Squad sets off on a mini tour of East Anglia today to take in games at Wisbech Town and Norwich City.

Tuesday night’s friendly with Wisbech (kick-off 7pm) – who play in the United Counties League Premier Division – was arranged as part of the package that brought teenage striker Harry Limb to Turf Moor last season after the teenager had knocked in 22 goals for the Fenman.

And Michael Duff’s side then moves on to face Norwich’s under-23 side at their Colney training ground on Friday.

Duff is taking a 20-man squad – including a handful of players from the under-18s - to play the two games and spend time training at a base in Colchester.

He said: “The Wisbech game is part of the Harry Limb deal and while we’re down there it made sense to tie something else in around the area and Norwich will be a good game for us.

“They are a category one team. We have played a lot of men’s non-league football so this will be chalk and cheese, the type of football we will come up against.

“We have played against big, physical men and against Norwich it will be a lot more technical and a lot more possession-based football.

Harry Limb got a taste of senior action in the Clarets' friendly at Alfreton

"And it’s good for our lads to come together. The group is a bit more fractured with some of the under-18s coming in and some others going out on loan, so it’s good to get them together.

“It’s a new mix as well, some of them have only just walked in the door, some have come up from the 18s, some have been here a few years.

“They’re different dynamics which we are trying to tie all together.”

The Development Squad have so far won their friendlies at Colne, Witton and Brocton, with Limb scoring twice ahead of his return to Wisbech on what is his 18th birthday.

And the four-day trip east will allow Duff’s side to step up their preparations for their entry to the Professional Development League, which kicks off later this month with the fixtures due for public release shortly.

“It gives you a bit more realisation that the season is getting closer and closer,” added the under-23s boss.

“Everything starts fine-tuning a little bit more now with the work we are doing on the training pitch.

“The fitness should be in the legs now, so it’s more the technical and tactical aspect of how we want them to play.”

Meanwhile, the Clarets’ under-18s play at Middlesbrough today in a training ground friendly, with coach Danny Cadamarteri likely to give an outing to a number of his first-year scholars.

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