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Development Squad Add Steels to the Ranks

Burnley snap up former York City winger Vinnie Steels

31 July 2018

Highly promising teenager Vinnie Steels is joining the Clarets after leaving former club York City.

The wide midfielder, who featured four times at first-team level for the the Minstermen last season, has linked up with the Clarets’ under-23 squad after agreeing a two-year deal at Turf Moor.

Hartlpool-born Steels, who has joined his new team mates on their week-long training camp at Lilleshall, began his career at Sunderland before joining local side Darlington, where he featured regularly for the reserves.

He then had the chance to go on trial to a Premier League side after impressing but chose the opportunity to join York and gain first team experience in National League North.

“I wanted to gain first-team football and be involved in a full-time environment and having to play men’s football, I knew it would be a good experience,” said Steels.

The youngster - who turns 17 in August - made his York debut in April as a substitute against Nuneaton Town, becoming the fourth youngest first-team player in the club's history, and then started four days later for City against Gainsborough Trinity.

Steels then went on to feature as a substitute against FC United of Manchester and Brackley Town.

Although Steels was offered a new contract by York, he had set his sights on a move to Burnley once he knew the Clarets were interested.

Steels, who has travelled with the under-23 squad for their training camp at Lilleshall this week, said: “I had a few clubs interested in me at the start of pre-season but once I heard Burnley were, I just wanted to come to Burnley.

“The new training facilities are unbelievable. They are definitely some of the best I have seen. Also, I know a couple of the lads here already so it’s nice”.


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