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It's Saint Ollie!

Young defender joins top-flight Irish side as latest loan departure

13 February 2020

Ollie Younger has secured a loan move to St Patrick’s Athletic to help them launch their League of Ireland campaign.

The Clarets’ defender has joined the Dublin-based club ahead of their season opener at home to Waterford on Friday night.

The Saints play in Ireland's Premier Division and will offer Younger the chance of valuable first-team experience after agreeing a stay until July.

The 20-year-old central defender – who has spent more than a decade progressing through the ranks at Turf Moor – takes the number of young players loaned out since the turn of the year to a dozen.

Younger has been a regular at Under-23 level for the Clarets and will now be looking to make a positive impression with St Patrick’s, who won the last of their nine national titles in 2013.

“I can’t wait to get going," said Younger, who trained with the Saints this week before putting pen to paper on a deal.

“Playing senior football is something I need to do for my career. To get an opportunity like this, it was a no-brainer really.”

Meanwhile, Clarets goalkeeper Kai Calderbank-Park joined Hyde United on a work experience loan basis in time to make a winning debut for the Northern Premier League side in their League Cup win at Widnes on Wednesday night.

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