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Brady Steps Up Return

Winger features in friendly as young prospects take their chance

29 August 2019

Robbie Brady made a welcome return to action with a 75-minute run-out at the Clarets' training ground.

Brady is yet to feature this season after suffering a fractured rib at the end of last month.

But after returning to full training over the past week or so, the Ireland international got through some valuable game-time in a practice match at Barnfield.

The winger was heavily involved as a Clarets U23 side drew 1-1 with Huddersfield Town thanks to a late equaliser from 16-year-old substitute Joe McGlynn.

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A composed finish from McGlynn (above), who steered a shot into the bottom corner, continues a real purple patch for the first-year scholar.

The striker has now scored six goals in his last three appearances – including a hat-trick for the Under-17s and a first U18 Professional Development League goal – in another encouraging sign for the future.

Under-23s boss Steve Stone is keen to promote young talent with the Clarets’ Academy set-up.

And that was never more apparent than in Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup tie when Lewis Richardson was named among the Clarets’ substitutes at first-team level.

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The 16-year-old has made an impressive start to the season after signing a scholarship deal in the summer.

And his reward for his continued progress was a call-up by boss Sean Dyche for the second-round tie.

“Lewis has earned the right,” said Dyche.

“He has been playing in the U23s with Steve Stone and doing really well and we just thought it was an important part of his pathway, along with others.

“We wanted that with Dwight (McNeil), and this was just to give him a feel of it, so that was the situation.”

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