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New U23s Sign On

Six additions to the Development Squad

3 July 2018

The Clarets have completed the signing of six young players to strengthen their under-23 squad and look to help build for the future.

Josh Benson, Mace Goodridge, Rob Harker, Teddy Perkins, Ed Cook and Anthony Glennon have all agreed contracts which started on 1 July.

The six – all aged 18 – figured for Michael Duff’s side towards the end of last season as the Clarets finished strongly to avoid bottom spot in their first campaign in the U23 Professional Development League.

“We are delighted to have all of them on board and ready to start pre-season with us,” said U23s boss Duff.

“They all made an impact last season with the different playing opportunities they had and in their time training with us so far, and I feel they will definitely strengthen the squad this time around.

“We are trying to increase the quality across the board with our young players, through recruitment, coaching and the experience of playing competitive football, and adding these players will do that.

“They come from a variety of backgrounds and different levels of football – from Premier League clubs down to the lower divisions and even schools football in the case of Ed.

“But they have all had a good grounding, they are still young for an under-23 group and we feel there is plenty of scope for development and growth with us to hopefully make a mark at Turf Moor.”

Rob Harker

Harker joins the Clarets after leaving Bury, where he made one senior appearance as a substitute in the Football League Trophy last season.

The striker scored in Burnley’s final-day Development League win at Sheffield Wednesday, which denied the Owls the northern division title and a place in the national play-offs, and then netted twice in a friendly win at Rangers in May.

Josh Benson

Creative midfielder Benson, who was released by Arsenal at the end of a two-year scholarship with the Gunners, played a handful of games in the league and behind closed doors for the Clarets towards the end of last season.

Mace Goodridge

And he was joined by former Manchester City youngster Goodridge, 18, who also plays in central midfield, and who moves to Turf Moor after leaving Newcastle United.

Teddy Perkins

Perkins and Cook, meanwhile, are both centre-backs, with Glennon a left-sided defender.

Perkins has been training with the Clarets for a number of months and played in several games since being told by Leyton Orient that he would not be offered a professional contract at Brisbane Road. He had previously captained the O’s youth team and been given a senior squad number.

Ed Cook

Cook, who scored the winner in the Clarets’ U23 Development League win over Crewe and also made an appearance for the U18s during a trial spell in April, has signed a deal after ending his studies at Bradfield College in Berkshire.

He has represented the Independent Schools Association at under-16 and under-18 level.

Anthony Glennon

And Glennon joins the Clarets after ending a lengthy association with Liverpool.

The Bootle-born left-back had been in the Academy set-up at Liverpool from under-6 level after playing alongside current Liverpool and England defender Trent Alexander-Arnold for club side Croxteth Park.

Last season he played under former Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard in the Reds’ under-18 side and now gets the chance to re-launch his career at Turf Moor.


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