Teenage Clarets’ goalkeeper Connor King has joined non-league side Barnoldswick Town on a ‘work-experience’ loan deal.
The Development Squad keeper, 18, moves to the North-West Counties Premier Division outfit for the chance to further his education in senior football.
The terms of his move, which is open-ended, means he will continue to train with the Clarets and be available for under-23 fixtures if required.
Barnoldswick Town manager Danny Craig told his club’s website: “It goes without saying he comes with fantastic pedigree and both the club and I feel proud and honoured to been trusted with this vital stage in his development.
“I couldn’t be happier with this signing. I’m looking forward to working with him and watching him develop at our club.”
King, who joined the Clarets’ Academy ahead of the 2011/12 season, recently became a third-year scholar at Turf Moor and moves up to the Development Squad after playing for the under-18s.
The Clarets signed England Schools’ international Aidan Stone – who is 18 on 20 July – earlier this summer to add to their goalkeeping options.
However, Paul Robinson’s departure has left the senior squad one light, with Northern Ireland under-21 international Conor Mitchell working with the first-team in pre-season, as well playing for the Development Squad in their opening warm-up match.