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McMahon Adds To Keeper Ranks

Teenager plans to learn from England talent after signing Clarets deal

14 August 2018

The Clarets have added to the depth of their goalkeeping talent with the signing of teenager George McMahon.

The 18-year-old has penned a two-year professional contract – with the option of a further 12 months – at Turf Moor.

McMahon joins Burnley following his departure from Rotherham United at the end of last season and after impressing during an extended trial spell with the Development Squad.

“To have the opportunity to be at a club with this status and the facilities it has, I’m really, really chuffed,” he said.

“To be a professional footballer is a dream come true, but it is obviously a small step.

“There is a long way to go, but if I can use the opportunity I’ve been given and make the most of every area of the club – the sports science and all the training facilities – hopefully I can maximise my potential and see where it takes me.”

Manchester-born McMahon grew up in Hull and had a spell at Hull City after starting out in the youth set-up at York City.

The Republic of Ireland youth international then completed a two-year scholarship at Rotherham, making it as far as the bench for a third-round FA Cup tie in January, 2017.

And he is now looking forward to further developing his career with the under-23s at Burnley and learning from the collection of international goalkeepers at Turf Moor.

“The first day I walked in, Tom Heaton was there to shake my hand and ask how we were all doing,” added McMahon, on the bench at Turf Moor as Heaton played as an over-age player in the under-23s’ opening 4-1 league win over Cardiff City on Monday night.

“That was amazing and Joe Hart is here now, another England international for a lot of years, and Nick Pope has just played at a World Cup.

“It’s funny because I used to go and watch Popey when I was at York.

“It’s been amazing to have the opportunity to train with them every now and then.

“And just to see them walking around the building gives me so much to learn from.”


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