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High Five for Clarets Young Guns

Clarets gaffer Owen Coyle has offered professional contracts to five of the club`s second year apprentices for the 2009/10 season.

The players are as follows:

Nik Kudiersky

Chris Lynch

Chris Anderson

Alex-Ray Harvey

Wes Fletcher


Burnley`s Director of Youth Development, Martin Dobson speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph is quoted as saying the following about the offers:

"They have worked particularly hard and deserve a contract. I have only been here since September and quite a few of these lads have been at this football club for many, many years. They know the club inside out, their loyalty is with this club and hopefully they will go on to have wonderful careers here. And we are pleased so many have been offered deals. It`s the manager`s decision at the end of the day - we can only give recommendations - it`s whether he feels they warrant a contract, and he`s been very supportive. Lots of them have played in the reserves, and he`s aware of who`s playing because he`s been involved in some of those games himself and has first-hand experience of playing alongside them."

Another of the players, Ben Hoskin could make it a six shooter after being offered a short-term contract over the summer while they further assess the player. Ben has been sidelined all season with a long-term injury.

Sadly a few of the second-year players didn't make it so we will be saying goodbye and thank you to defender Dan Brown, midfielder Dil Chagger, winger James Craggs and goalkeeper Stef Ritchie who all missed out.

Vital Burnley congratulate all our new professionals and wish them all the best as they continue their careers at Burnley FC

A number of you may not be familiar with our youth team and players so we provide below some background information and photographs of those that have been successful this time round.

Nik Kudiersky



Nik is a central defender from Glossop who previously played for Manchester County before joining the Clarets in 2005.

Chris Lynch



Chris from Blackburn is another central-defender.He was only nine years old when he joined the Centre of Excellence. He has played for Lancashire County.

Chris Anderson



Chris is a local lad born in Burnley and he too joined the Centre of Excellence at the age of nine. Plays in central midfield

Alex-Ray Harvey



Alex-Ray is yet another player who joined the Club's Centre of Excellence aged only nine years and he too has also played for the Lancashire County team. He is a left-footed central midfielder

Wes Fletcher



Wes was originally on Liverpool's books joining the Clarets in 2007 after being spotted playing for Lancashire.Ormskirk born, the striker has scored 26 goals this season.

Ben Hoskin



Ben is a full back and the nephew of former Claret Ashley Hoskin. The Accrington born former Lancashire County defender joined Burnley at the age of nine.

Vital Burnley wish to thank Burnley FC for the use of all the photographs in this article




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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday April 1 2009

Time: 11:05AM

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Great news for the lads and a fantastic job done by all involved in Youth Development at the Club. Well done guys!! By the way if anybody follows the youth team locally and wants to write articles for Vital Burnley about their games, the players and Youth development in general at Burnley FC, please could they contact me at burnley@vitalfootball.co.uk (Same goes for Reserves)
turfmanphil
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01/04/2009 11:12:00

Great news for the lads and a fantastic job done by all involved in Youth Development at the Club. Well done guys!! By the way if anybody follows the youth team locally and wants to write articles for Vital Burnley about their games, the players and Youth development in general at Burnley FC, please could they contact me at burnley@vitalfootball.co.uk (Same goes for Reserves)
turfmanphil
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01/04/2009 11:12:00

A big well done to the lads, oh they look so young. If they are anything like Jay they will be a great asset to BFC
sheclaret
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01/04/2009 13:11:00

A big well done to the lads, oh they look so young. If they are anything like Jay they will be a great asset to BFC
sheclaret
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01/04/2009 13:11:00

Is it me are is there a similarity between Wes Fletcher and Chris Mccann
sheclaret
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01/04/2009 13:12:00

Is it me are is there a similarity between Wes Fletcher and Chris Mccann
sheclaret
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01/04/2009 13:12:00

Intersting to see how - quite neatly - these 5 positionally replace Anderson, Williams, Jones, Mahon and Ade! But lets hope we can keep a fit again Anderson, and we can always dream of keeping Williams.
Couch Potato
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01/04/2009 16:29:00

Intersting to see how - quite neatly - these 5 positionally replace Anderson, Williams, Jones, Mahon and Ade! But lets hope we can keep a fit again Anderson, and we can always dream of keeping Williams.
Couch Potato
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01/04/2009 16:29:00

Wes Fletcher is a striker , Alex & Chris Anderson are centre midfielders and Nik & Chris Lynch are centre halfs , how do they replace Anderson (RB) , Williams (RB) and Jones (Winger) ???
Bernie Lee
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01/04/2009 16:40:00

Wes Fletcher is a striker , Alex & Chris Anderson are centre midfielders and Nik & Chris Lynch are centre halfs , how do they replace Anderson (RB) , Williams (RB) and Jones (Winger) ???
Bernie Lee
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01/04/2009 16:40:00

BL, I only said 'quite' neatly, in the sense of 'fairly'. So I wasn't aiming to be more sophisticated than suggesting we are losing 2 defenders, 2 midfielders and a forward; and getting 2 defenders, 2 midfielders and a forward. But isn't Anderson a centre back who played right back for us? Please let me down gently if I am wrong about that.
Couch Potato
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01/04/2009 17:05:00

BL, I only said 'quite' neatly, in the sense of 'fairly'. So I wasn't aiming to be more sophisticated than suggesting we are losing 2 defenders, 2 midfielders and a forward; and getting 2 defenders, 2 midfielders and a forward. But isn't Anderson a centre back who played right back for us? Please let me down gently if I am wrong about that.
Couch Potato
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01/04/2009 17:05:00

looks like you have some good young players there .
Kimbo
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01/04/2009 18:41:00

looks like you have some good young players there .
Kimbo
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01/04/2009 18:41:00

Unfortunately not sen them play so dunno. However Coyle is a shrewd manager and they must have something to be given pro contracts. Bring on the boys!!
sheclaret
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02/04/2009 23:13:00

Unfortunately not sen them play so dunno. However Coyle is a shrewd manager and they must have something to be given pro contracts. Bring on the boys!!
sheclaret
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02/04/2009 23:13:00

That Wes lad sounds a bit of a find. 26 goals in a season? Never get to see them play sadly, I understand they play on Saturday morning at Gawthorpe a lot, but travelling up from Cambridgeshire would mean I would have to set off at the crack of dawn
turfmanphil
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03/04/2009 10:41:00

That Wes lad sounds a bit of a find. 26 goals in a season? Never get to see them play sadly, I understand they play on Saturday morning at Gawthorpe a lot, but travelling up from Cambridgeshire would mean I would have to set off at the crack of dawn
turfmanphil
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03/04/2009 10:41:00

Great to see the youngsters coming through the ranks happy days
8clarets8
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04/04/2009 13:44:00

Great to see the youngsters coming through the ranks happy days
8clarets8
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04/04/2009 13:44:00

 

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