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Harker Lays Down A Marker

19 July 2018

Young striker Rob Harker hopes it’s a sign of things to come after getting off the mark with his first goal as a full-time Claret.

The 18-year-old coolly lobbed home the opener in the under-23s’ 3-0 friendly win at Stalybridge Celtic on Wednesday night.

Harker showed at the end of last season that he has an eye for goal when he impressed on trial with the Clarets.

And after signing a professional deal at Turf Moor over the summer, the former Bury youngster picked up where he left off with a classy finish at Bower Fold.

“We got told when we were training in the morning that we had to pick it up and make up for what we did on Saturday and I think we did that really well as a team and collectively as a group,” said Harker after Burnley bounced back from an opening 2-1 pre-season loss at Colne.

“It was a great feeling to get a first goal and have a good game with the lads.

“I really enjoyed the game and hopefully there are many more to come.

“A few more in pre-season would set me up for the start of the season, so hopefully all goes well.”

Harker came through the youth ranks at Gigg Lane before getting a taste of first-team action in the Football League Trophy last season.

But Burnley swooped to snap up the promising target-man at the end of his scholarship with the Shakers and after a handful of appearances in the Clarets’ strong finish to the U23 Development League last season, Harker is delighted to be here on a permanent basis.

“I really enjoyed it here and played a few games and it went well,” he told Clarets Player HD.

“I love the training ground and love the players, so it was a no-brainer.”

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