U18’s defender Kane Patterson is heading into his second year as a scholar with the Clarets and is excited to get the pre-season playing schedule underway this weekend.
The former Tottenham Hotspur right-back who is now fully fit, suffered a serious shoulder injury in March last season, which ruled the Scottish youngster out for the remainder of the season.
Burnley’s scholars reported back to the Barnfield Training Centre on July 1st last week for their first day back, along with the U23s and first team since May and Patterson admits he and the team are happy to be back.
“It has gone really well, all the hard work I put in over the off-season has paid off, with hitting the ground running in the first couple of weeks.
“I’m really enjoying myself, it’s good to be back amongst the lads and pushing each other to our best.”
Tony Philliskirk’s side kick off their pre-season campaign on Saturday at St George’s Park against AFC Bournemouth and for Patterson its his first taste of action in over four months.
The 18-year old said: ““For me it’s my first game since I did my shoulder back in March, so I am really buzzing for it and can’t wait to play again.
“The boys have been getting ready for it since we came back in last Monday, so we are all ready for it now.
“I’m looking forward to getting back out there and buzzing to be back."
And despite last seasons set-back, Patterson is keen to kick on and progress in the coming months in hope of a rewarding first professional contract in nine months’ time.
“I just hope all the hard work I put in last season and what I am putting in now and, in the season, ahead, pays off and hopefully get rewarded with my first professional contract.
“Obviously the physical side of it is tougher in the 23s, so it is important I develop not just with my feet but physically as well, so I can be ready when called upon.
“But playing and training with the 23’s will definitely help with that and my development in hope to get that reward at the end of the season.” Said the Scottish international.
A full preview on the young Clarets’ trip to St George’s Park this weekend to face the Cherries will be available online tomorrow morning.