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New Apprentices Join the Clarets

Burnley have signed 11 young players who became full-time apprentices this week.

4 July 2018

The Clarets have recruited 11 teenagers to join the youth team for the upcoming season.

The youngsters start their two-year scholarships as part of the Clarets' under-18 squad under head coach Danny Cadamarteri.

Four of them have spent at least two years within the Clarets’ Academy set-up, playing regularly for the U16s last season and, in some instances, for the youth team.

Mitchell George, Matthew O'Neill, Rhys Fenlon, Jon Conley have all progressed from within the Academy before joining up with the youth team.

And the remaining recruits - Harry Allen, Jaydon Major, Matty Rain, Kane Patterson, Udoka Chimna and Edon Pruti and Chris Conn-Clarke - have been recruited after starting their careers at other clubs.

Academy Manager Jonathan Pepper said: “We are really looking forward to the new intake of scholars coming in next season.

“We have a large number of exciting attacking players to add to our existing group, as well as a whole new defensive line and goalkeeper to bolster the squad.

“There will be a lot of competition for places for the U18s next season.”

He added: “Nicky Law, in the recruitment department, has worked tremendously hard to bring in a number of players from outside to add to the players who have progressed through our own Academy. 

“The rise in the profile of the club, the elite training facilities and the growing reputation of the Academy has helped us recruit players from the top clubs in the country, as well as giving opportunities for players from lower levels the chance to develop.

“I am looking forward to seeing the players integrate and develop as a group, and hopefully we will see individuals progressing onto the U23 Development Squad at some stage over the course of their scholarship”

Allen joins Burnley after leaving Manchester United at the beginning of the year. The 6ft 2'in goalkeeper featured on the bench for the Clarets' youth team several times towards the end of last season.

Energetic attacker Major, who was released by Liverpool during last season, joined the Clarets on a trial basis and played a handful of league fixtures for Cadamarteri's side before being offered a scholarship with the club.

He was joined by left-back Matty Rain, also departing from Liverpool. The pacy full-back joined mid-way through last season and started several games for the young Clarets throughout the league campaign.

Also joining the ranks is Northern Ireland international Conn-Clarke. The wide attacker, who can operate on either flank, moves to England after leaving Glentoran to pursue his career.

Chimna and Pruti, meanwhile, are both centre-backs, with Patterson a right-sided full-back.

Pruti joined the Clarets from Hertforshire side Stevenage, while Chimna, who played his football with a grassroots side in North London last season, trialled at several clubs this summer including Coventry, Norwich and Luton, before joining Burnley.

Finally, Scottish right-back Patterson, who grew up in High-Wycombe and has featured for Scotland at U16 level, signs for the Clarets having ended his time at Tottenham Hotspur.

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