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Kay & Fletcher back at Turf Moor after loan spells

Brian Laws now has two extra players in his squad who he will need to get to know better after their return to Turf Moor recently following loan spells away.

Adam Kay

19 year old midfielder, Adam Kay (pictured above) has yet to make his first team debut for the Clarets.He was promoted to the senior squad during the 2007-08 season after progressing through the youth ranks at the club and was handed the squad number 25.

In March 2009 he joined Accrington Stanley on loan until the end of the 2008-09 season making just three appearances for the League 2 side.

Owen Coyle decided to give him more experience out of loan at the start of the 2009-10 season so Kay joined Chester City in August 2009 on loan until January 2010 along with Chris Lynch.

Kay made 15 appearances for the Conference National club but is now back at Turf Moor.

Wes Fletcher

18 year old striker, Wes Fletcher is also back at Turf Moor after his loan spell at League 2 club, Grimsby Town.

He bagged 40 goals for the Burnley Youth and Reserve teams last season and then signed his first professional contract for the Clarets in March 2009 and became part of the first team for the 2009-10 season.

Last month Fletcher was sent out on loan to Grimsby Town.

It was through Lancashire-based Grimsby Town number two and former Bury manager Chris Casper that Fletcher came to the Mariners' attention.

Fletcher explained: 'Chris Casper had seen me play in the FA Youth Cup for Burnley against West Brom.

'He spoke to the club and to me and that's how the move came about.

'I was happy to move and I'm looking to get more games and some first-team experience and hopefully a few goals.'

He made his professional debut against Cheltenham Town on the 16th January 2010, less than 24 hours after signing on loan and just three days after Brian Laws had become the new manager at Burnley.

It was a promising start and he scored his first professional goal after coming on as a substitute in the 2-1 defeat to Rotherham United on 23 January 2010.

In total he made six appearences for the Mariners, five of which were off the bench.

It is difficult to see Kay or Fletcher being in contention for a place in the first team this season. We shall have to probably wait until the close season before we know whether either player features in Brian Laws future plans.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday February 24 2010

Time: 5:20PM

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I do wonder what we are going to do with the likes of Jay Rodriguez, Adam Kay and Alex MacDonald plus the other six young players including Wes Fletcher who signed their first one-year professional contract last summer. Again it could depend on whether we have retained our premier league status or not
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24/02/2010 17:27:00

I think putting youngsters is something that is difficult for all premier league teams and probably even more so for those that are fighting relegation. Unless we are to go down to the championship, they may have to try their luck elsewhere ( on long term loan at least) in order to succeed - I include Jay Rod in that.
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24/02/2010 17:43:00

The joke is too that we have not had much chance to see these youngsters play and develop in the Reserves even with so many postponements. I know this sounds harsh but was Coyle right to offer six contracts to these first-year professionals? They are presumably costing the club some money and it might have been better in hindsight to have picked say 2-3 and used the remaining money to put towards an experienced player at Prem level?
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24/02/2010 18:04:00

And this is exactly the problem with the 'best league in the world'. There are so many top players here that it's difficult for any team to give a chance to unproven youngsters, which is sad. I remember when Burnley were envied for their youth policy , forever bringing quality players into the first division before selling them on to competitors !
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24/02/2010 18:30:00

Agree totally with that view tmp, have often said why did Coyle go for Easton, Eckersley, Edgar, Long, Lund etc which with wages and fees could have equalled a really good player for our level especially when you add these youngsters to that too. The one thing I have craved is to buy a player and play him, which Laws seems to be doing more than the last manager did.
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25/02/2010 09:13:00

It is unfortunate that we haven't seen these youngsters play, hopefully if there is the makings of a real star in them Laws will see that and keep hold of him and release the others. Sorry Dale got to disagree on Jay I think he has real potential and should keep hold of him or am I just being sentimental him being a Burnley lad.
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25/02/2010 10:53:00

Can't decide whether to back sheclaret or claretdale on this one! Can you ask me again on 10 May... and then again when we know what's happening with Nuge?
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25/02/2010 12:35:00


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