Coyle on New Boy, Kevin Long
The Clarets have today (Thursday 26th November) won the chase for top Irish prospect Kevin Long.
Burnley will pay Cork City a six-figure fee for the 19-year-old defender, who has agreed a three-and-a-half-year deal and will join Owen Coyle`s first-team squad in January.He plays mainly as a centre-half but can also fill in at full-back
Owen Coyle had this to say about the signing:
"We are delighted to have signed Kevin and beaten off stiff competition from north and south of the border for his services. He is a young, aggressive, left-sided centre-back who is hungry to keep improving and will go straight into our first-team squad when he joins us.He has got everything you want in that that type of player and I would like to thank Cork`s chairman Tom Coughlan for his courtesy and professionalism during negotiations."
The highly-rated Long, who was also wanted by a number of other top-flight clubs including Everton and Celtic, made his senior debut for Cork in the League of Ireland this summer after coming through the club`s youth system.
The powerful defender, who stands over six-feet tall, made three appearances as Cork finished third in the league.
Long received his first call-up to the Republic of Ireland under-21 squad in October and was involved again for their two European Championship qualifiers earlier this month.
He previously captained Cork`s FAI Youth and Munster Cup winning teams.
Many thanks to Burnley FC for providing this information and for use of the photograph