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Stone Tribute To Departing Trio

Three U23s bow out in final defeat as time at Turf Moor comes to an end

8 May 2019

Steve Stone paid tribute to the trio of young players who ended their Burnley careers in the Lancashire FA Senior Cup final.

Goalkeeper Aiden Stone, defender James Clarke (top) and forward Tinashe Chakwana have not been offered new deals and will leave Turf Moor at the end of the season.

Stone and Clarke both started the 2-0 defeat to Blackburn Rovers at the County Ground in Leyland, while Chakwana came off the bench during the second half.

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Tinashe Chakwana (centre, left) came through the youth ranks to earn a professional deal

And they were then given a fitting send-off by their team-mate after the game, with Stone confident they will get the chance to pursue their careers elsewhere.

“I think they’ve all been brilliant for us this season,” said the Under-23s’ boss.

“Clarkey has had a couple of injuries, which have kept him out of stuff. But I think they’ll all get clubs.

“One of the reasons I let them go is that I didn’t think they’d affect our first team, but I thought they could affect somebody’s first team in the near future at League or Conference level and it was time for them to go and play men’s football.

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Aiden Stone joined the Clarets two years ago

“We have all given them a round of applause in the changing rooms for what they have done for this football club, because Clarkey has been since he was 14 years of age.

“He has been captain of the youth team and scholar of the year.

“They have had an impact on the football club and driving this to where it is now, so they should be proud of what they’ve achieved here.”

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