Striking prospect Lewis Richardson has signed on as a scholar to continue his footballing journey at Turf Moor.
The Clarets are delighted to have secured the services of the highly-regarded England youth international who has been part of Burnley’s Academy since the age of nine.
Richardson has joined the rest of the new in-take of scholars in signing a two-year deal and now has his sights set on building on last season’s big break-through.
“It all really happened after I scored five times against Crewe. It went a bit mad after that,” said the 16-year-old, who hit five of the Clarets’ six goals in a 6-1 win on his first start for the Under-18s last November.
The following month, Richardson scored for England’s Under-16 side in a tournament in Turkey before bagging a hat-trick for the U23s in a Lancashire FA Senior Cup semi-final win over Rochdale in February.
“I really enjoyed it in the Under-23s, although that was a challenge, and I just want to carry on doing what I do,” added Richardson, who was a regular part of Steve Stone’s squad towards the end of last season.
“I’m happy to have signed and the target now is to become a professional and then try and get near the first team if that's possible.”
The Clarets have also completed the signing of goalkeeper Lewis Thomas as a second-year scholar, with the 17-year-old moving to Turf Moor from Manchester City.