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Clarets secured the signing of former England youth international

The Clarets have secured the signing of former England youth international Adam Phillips following an impressive trial spell at Turf Moor.

The midfielder has agreed a 12-month deal, with the option of a further year, and joins the Under-23 squad under boss Steve Stone.

Garstang-based Phillips, who came through the youth academy at Liverpool before spending two years at Norwich City, has spent pre-season with Burnley.

And he has earned a contract and the chance to develop with the Clarets after becoming an integral part of Stone’s group on and off the pitch over the past month.

“I’m delighted to get a deal,” said Phillips, who was capped by England at Under-16 and Under-17 level.

“There’s been a lot of hard work. I went to Poland, which was a really good tour, and then I’ve come back here and really enjoyed it and had a few games, as well.

“I can’t wait for the season to start now and hopefully we’ll have a good start and I’ll get some games under my belt.

“It’s quite a young squad and hopefully I can help out a few of the younger lads moving forward. It’s a good group and I’m looking forward to what’s to come.”

A central midfielder, Phillips has played first-team football during loan spells from Norwich with League Two side Cambridge United and Scottish top-flight side Hamilton Academicals.

And he is now looking to add to that experience after starting a new career step with the Clarets.

“Hopefully I can get a chance to push on and hopefully get a chance to train with the first team and show the first-team manager what I can do,” he added.

“That’s what I’m here for to try and get as high up as I can and keep enjoying my football.”

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