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G'Day For Kai

Academy keeper receives Aussie call-up for Asian championships

21 June 2019

Teenage goalkeeper Kai Calderbank-Park has received an international call-up in another boost for the Clarets’ Academy.

Calderbank-Park – who was a awarded a third-year scholarship at Turf Moor at the end of last season – has been included in Australia’s squad for the finals of the Asian Football Ferederation’s U-19s Championships in August.

The tournament takes place in Vietnam from 2-20 August with Calderbank-Park, 18, named in the Young Socceroos squad that will face Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore in the group stages.

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The New South Wales-born keeper, who will report back for pre-season training as part of Steve Stone’s under-23 squad at the beginning of July, has also been called up for the start of the qualifying campaign for the 2020 championships, which start in October.

The Clarets’ Academy Manager, Jon Pepper, said: “Congratulations to Kai.

“It’s a nice way to start the new season for him and also more good news for the Academy.

“He is the 19th Academy player to receive some form of international recognition during the last three seasons, which is another indicator of how we are progressing.”

The Clarets had only two players receiving international call-ups in the 2015-16 season but have made massive strides at Academy level before and after gaining Category Two status from the Premier League in the summer of 2017.


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