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Scholar Lewis Pens Deal

Young striker extends Turf Moor stay

22 July 2019

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.

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“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.

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