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'Young' Prospect Ollie Signs Pro Deal

Defender agrees first professional contract to complete journey through youth ranks

5 April 2018

Oliver Younger has signed his first professional contract with the Clarets.

The central defender, 18, has agreed a two-year deal with a further 12-month option following another impressive campaign at Turf Moor.

Younger was named Burnley’s Young Player of the Year last season and has developed further as a regular in the under-23s under the guidance of former Clarets’ defender Michael Duff.

“He deserves the two years and the chance to progress further,” said Duff.

“He’s an under-18 who has played in the under-23s all year and kicked on again from last year.

“He hasn’t rested on his laurels. He’s worked hard and now he’s got an opportunity. It’s up to him now to try and take that and forge out a successful career here.”

Skipton-born Younger, whose family are long-time season-ticket holders at Turf Moor, has been with Burnley since 2008 and moves into the professional ranks after completing a two-year scholarship.

“I’ve been here since I was a little kid, so it’s a dream,” said Younger (pictured top with parents Tracy and Adrian).

“Going through your scholarship you see the difference and demands of going to be a pro and it’s something I’m really looking forward to.

“Physically, technically and tactically I think I’ve come on this year and I want to continue that.

“Hopefully I can cement my place in the under-23s, maybe go out on loan in a couple of years and get some first-team experience and progress from there.

“The dream after coming all the way through the Academy is to get into the first team and hopefully make a career out of the game at the best level I can.”

Younger was given a first-team squad number earlier this year and travelled with the first-team squad to Swansea in February.

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