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New Scholars Join The Clarets

Youngsters begin two-year scholarship at Turf Moor

2 July 2019

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

The youngsters signed in to start their two-year scholarships as part of the Clarets' U18 squad, under the close watch of head coach Tony Philliskirk.

All but two have been in the Academy set-up since the under-14 age group, training in the evenings and on a day-release basis during last season to help them prepare for the step-up to full-time.

Joel Connolly, Jake Rooney, Matthew Carson, Finlay Armstrong, Tremaine Eastmond, Corey Brennan, Dylan Moonan, Joe McGlynn and Lewis Richardson have all progressed from within.

Midfielder Ben Woods, who joined from Manchester United last season and goalkeeper Lewis Thomas, signed from Manchester City, are the only new faces to have not progressed through the ranks at the Barnfield Training Centre.

Woods and Richardson have already had a taste of action, both featuring regularly for the youth team and U23 side throughout last season, with the pair both getting on the scoresheet for Steve Stone’s Development Squad.

Richardson memorably bagged five goals on his first appearance for the youth team, before the pacy striker grabbed a hat-trick on his U23 debut against Rochdale in the Lancashire Senior Cup.

Meanwhile, Woods notched a goal against Colchester United on his first start for the U23s.

The class of 2019 and their families were formally welcomed to the Barnfield Training Centre for an induction day by Head of Academy Jon Pepper and coaches Tony Philliskirk and John Townson.

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Ben Woods

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Corey Brennan

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Dylan Moonan

Philliskirk said: “It’s a proud day for the lads and for their parents to see them come into the full-time environment.

“They have had their first day on Monday, which mainly just consisted of a medical and fitness testing work.

“And it’s good to finally get to know them all properly, as I didn’t join the club until December last season, so I only got to know them vaguely before they had their GSCE’S and then had a little break.

“I am really looking forward to know them all better and it’s an exciting time and a nervy time for them.

“We just to need to remember that these lads have gone from part-time training to full-time, so we just have to be a little bit careful on the overload for the first couple of weeks.

“But pre-season is pre-season and it’s tough, so it’s just important we get everything right and prepare over the next few days for the upcoming season.”

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Finlay Armstrong


Lewis Thomas

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Jake Rooney

For the new intake, everything is catered for on and off the field, with all 10 teenagers beginning their scholarships on Monday, and some spending their first night away in local 'digs'; their new home for the next two years.

Philliskirk added: “It’s good that a lot of them have been here at least two or three years, so they are familiar with the surroundings and it's not all new to them.

“But a few of them are leaving their home now and moving into digs. They met their host families over the weekend as well, so that’s a big difference in their lives.

“They are all a good group of lads and it’s also a bit new for me, as it's my first year with a new group from day one, so I am looking forward to pre-season immensely.”

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Joe McGlynn

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Joel Connolly

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Matthew Carson

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Tremaine Eastmond


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