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Senior Service For New Boy Joel

Clarets add teenage defender to Under-23 squad

16 May 2019

Burnley Football Club is delighted to have secured the signing of young defender Joel Senior.

The right-back, 19, has joined the Clarets on an initial 12-month deal, with a further year’s option, from National League North side Curzon Ashton – Burnley’s home in the U23 Professional Development League.

Senior earned a contract at Turf Moor after impressing during a spell training with the Under-23s and featuring in the Clarets’ match-day squad for the final of the Lancashire FA Senior Cup earlier this month.

The Manchester-born defender will be part of Steve Stone’s plans at Under-23 level next season and returns to the professional game after starting out as a youngster at Oldham Athletic.

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Joel Senior was on the bench in the final of the Lancashire FA Senior Cup

“I’m delighted. It’s been a long time coming. I’ve been working hard for it for the last three or four years and it’s finally happened,” said Senior, who played for Maine Road, FC United of Manchester and Curzon Ashton after being released by the Latics.

“Burnley have put their trust in me, and I’m delighted to be here.

“A lot of people’s routes have been different and mine has been to come up through men’s football with some good clubs. I’ve finally found Burnley and I’m delighted to be here.”

Jordan Cropper regularly filled the right-back role for the Under-23s in the season just ended to earn a first professional deal.

He is likely to be one of the players Stone will look to loan out at some point next term to further his development in first-team football.

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And Senior is looking to make the most of the opportunities that come his way after he reports for pre-season training at the Barnfield Training Centre in July.

“It’s everything a player could want here and perfect for me to fulfil my potential,” he added.

“Compared to where I’ve been it’s completely different, but it’s what I need to develop my game and become the player I want to be.

“I want to come in for pre-season fully fit and be ready to get into the under-23s team and who knows where you can go from there?

“I’ve got to work hard and that starts now. Let’s see where it takes me.”

The signing of Senior extends the link-up between the Clarets and Curzon Ashton, where Stone’s side will play the majority of their home league games again next season.

Curzon Ashton club secretary Rob Hurst said: “We’re delighted for Joel and wish him all the best at Burnley.

“The two clubs enjoy an excellent working relationship, which has again borne fruit, and we’re looking forward to it continuing.”

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