Young Clarets taste of Senior Football

A handful of young Clarets are heading out on work experience loan moves to gain a taste of senior football.

Striker Will Harris (above) is joining Bet Victor North-West side Colne, while still being available for the Clarets’ U23 side for Professional Development League fixtures.

And midfielder Rhys Fenlon is also staying the county, with the second-year scholar going to North-West Counties Premier Division side Padiham for a month.

Also going to the North-West Counties League are second-years Harry Allen, Udoka Chima and Jaydon Major.

The trio are joining First Division side Steeton AFC, with centre-back Chima and striker Major both going for an initial month.

Goalkeeper Harry Allen has signed short-term to be available for both the Yorkshire club’s fixtures over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Clarets’ Academy Manager Jonathan Pepper said: “Players going out on work experience forms part of our strategy of ensuring all our scholars from second year onwards – unless they are playing U23s regularly – get experience of playing men’s football during their scholarship. 

“This strategy worked very well for players such as Bobby Thomas, Michael Fowler, Will Harris, Ethan Kershaw, Kai Calderbank-Park and Dylan Meredith last season.”

The move also allows more regular competitive football for the first-year scholars at Turf Moor.

And a major part of the strategy at youth-team level this season will be to give game-time to the younger age group to help fast-track their development with a view to pushing for a place in the U23 set-up in the future.

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