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Young defender Jimmy Dunne determined to make most of first-team camp

13 July 2018

At the age of 20, Jimmy Dunne already has a part in a League Two title win on his career CV.

And after being elevated to senior squad duty with the Clarets for the first time, the young defender is determined to keep climbing the learning curve.

Dunne was a vital member of the Accrington Stanley side that secured promotion glory last season, starting 18 games on loan with John Coleman’s history makers and not finishing on a losing team until a place in League One had been secured.

The Irishman makes no secret of the value of that loan spell, or the time he spent with AFC Barrow in the National League before a January switch to the Wham Stadium.

Whether Dunne moves out again this term to gain further experience remains to be seen.

But for the now, the former Manchester United youngster – who joined Burnley two summers ago – is training with the Clarets’ first team and looking to make the most of every opportunity of his involvement with Sean Dyche’s squad as they go through their paces at their Irish training camp.

“It’s been really good. It’s a really valuable experience for me,” said Dunne ahead of the Clarets’ opening pre-season game at Cork City on Friday night.

“I get to ask loads of questions and see how the players live and how they act on and off the pitch and I just have to learn as much as possible.

“It’s an opportunity to kind of show what I have. Hopefully I’ll get some feedback at the end of the week and I’m really enjoying it.

“The higher I aim for the better. It’s going to bring me along, training with them every day.

“Even after a few days I can feel myself getting a little bit sharper. I’m listening to Longy, Ben and Tarky especially because they’ve been through it and they are where I want to get to.

“I’m sure if I listen to them and talk to them as much as I can then I can get there.”

The Clarets’ rise up the Premier League rankings won’t make it any easier for young ‘homegrown players to make the break-through at senior level.

But Dyche has previously given opportunities to the likes of Aiden O’Neill, Dwight McNeil and Dan Agyei, who are also part of the squad on the training break near Cork.

“There are three lads who have had a feel of it and I would love that feeling as well,” added Dunne, who topped off last season’s success story with as first under-21 cap for Ireland in March.

“They obviously want a lot more of it as well and it is very motivating knowing there are three lads there who have done that.

“That’s always the goal – as realistic or unrealistic as it might seem at some stages.

“You always have it in the back of your head that you’re going to get there some day, but it’s slow, progressive steps I think for now.

“I’ve only just done the lower leagues so there’s obviously a long way to go.

“I just need to keep my head down and work as hard as I can and then hopefully get there some day.”

Watch an extended interview with Jimmy Dunne talking about his route to Turf Moor and his big 2017/18 season on Clarets Player HD.

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