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First-class Hendrie Making the Grade On and Off the Pitch

Clarets' full-back Luke Hendrie gains honours degree in journalism

20 June 2017

Young Claret Luke Hendrie could one day be writing his own headlines after gaining a journalism degree.

Hendrie has been awarded a first-class honours degree in professional sports writing and broadcasting from Staffordshire University and will graduate on 14 July.

The 22-year-old has completed the two-year fast-track course in tandem with his footballing career, which last season saw him spent a successful season-long loan with Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock.

Hendrie also previously spent a spell on loan from Burnley to York City and doing work placements in the media departments with all three clubs has helped him gain the qualification which should stand him in good stead in later life.

“It was when I was 19 or 20 and being released by Derby and I thought it might be difficult to get another club that I thought I would give it a crack,” Hendrie told the Clarets’ website.

“My dad (former Bradford, Newcastle and Middlesbrough winger John) works in the media and it’s always something that’s interested me.

“Having said that, as I’ve gone on I have thought about other options and I might go down a different route, maybe teaching, and I want to take my coaching badges in the future.

“But doing this has made me feel a lot more confident. A lot of the other lads on the course were coming towards the end of their careers and said they wished they had done it seven or eight years ago.

Luke Hendrie

Luke Hendrie played three times against Scottish champions Celtic last season


“You never know when you might need it. It might be next week, it might be 10 years down the line.

“But it’s a degree and it’s great to have it ticked off at a young age and it's there in the back of your mind.”

Hendrie’s academic prowess and media skills will hopefully guarantee the Yorkshireman a successful future beyond his playing days.

But he still wants to make the grade as a footballer first and learned some valuable lessons last season when he was a first-team regular with Kilmarnock.

The right-back – who joined the Clarets after being freed by Derby in 2015 – started 32 top-flight games as he helped Killie secure an eighth-place finish in the Scottish Premiership, playing under the management of Lee Clark and then Lee McCulluch.

“I loved it,” added Hendrie. “I didn’t really know what to expect when I went up there but I really benefited from it and learned a lot on and off the pitch.

“It was about playing first-team football and getting experience and I got a lot of that.

“Playing at Celtic Park in front of crowds like that was brilliant and coming back to Burnley for pre-season I will be a better player.”

Hendrie is yet to make a first-team appearance for Burnley but has extended his Turf Moor contract by 12 months this summer.

And the former Manchester United youngster England Under-17 international is looking forward to reporting back for duty with the Clarets’ Development Squad at the start of next month.

“I’ll take it day-to-day. Hopefully I’ll make a good impression when I go back and see what happens,” Hendrie said.

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