Clarets Look Down Under for Talent!
Burnley Football Club has appointed a new Head of Youth Australasia as the club spreads its net ever further in the search for the best young players.
Perth-based Paul Wozny will be the Clarets' youth representative in Australia, Oceania and south-east Asia.
The British-born coach already runs coaching and development programmes in Western Australia and will now direct promising players to Turf Moor for potential recruitment to the club's youth set-up.
'A lot of British clubs have representation in that part of the world and this is a good way for us to do a similar thing. We are just trying to finds another potential source,' said Burnley FC's director of youth Martin Dobson.
'Paul is ideally suited for the role. He knows the standard we are looking for and there is the possibility now of sending promising players, who have the right qualifications, over to us to see how they compare with their particular age group.'
Yorkshireman Wozny coached at Huddersfield Town's Academy and the centre of excellence at Bradford City in the mid-1990s before emigrating to Australia.
After working for Perth Glory, the 46-year-old, who holds a UEFA 'A' coaching licence and FA Academy Manager's Licence, has since worked his way up to the top of youth coaching in Australia.
Wozny has held posts as the head of the country's National Training Centre and most recently as High Performance Consultant for Football West.
Over the past two years he has also established a number of High Performance Centres throughout Western Australia, including two in Perth, and planned new centres in Malaysia and Singapore are due to open early in 2011.
They are being designed to act as a talent development programme for Burnley - following a similar system Wozny experienced being operated by Dutch club Ajax in South Africa when he was studying for his Academy Manager's Licence.
'The football business is now truly global and Asia with its desire, large playing numbers and infrastructure is without doubt a 'sleeping giant,' Wozny said.
'I am confident that Burnley Football Club can experience similar gains to Ajax's presence in South Africa and this development will not only increase brand exposure for the club but will open up potential pathways for some exceptional talent.
'My role as Head of Youth Australasia is a very exciting prospect and I am looking forward to building a long lasting link throughout Asia on behalf of Burnley Football Club.'
Reserves Go Top
The Clarets second-string beat the old enemy, Preston North End in midweek to go top of the totesport.com League. A brace of goals from up-and-coming striker, Wes Fletcher did the trick in our 2-0 away victory. It was stalemate at half-time but in the end it was a convincing Clarets win and was even sweeter considering we knocked our local rivals off the top spot! Ashley Hoskin`s side are currently unbeaten this season with one draw and now three wins. It was also good news for central defender Nik Kudiersky who was playing his first game since January after recovering from cruciate knee ligament damage. He also came close to scoring from a corner in the first half but his effort was cleared off the line.
Alex MacDonald and Wes Fletcher both played well in this game with some nice link play. Just before the hour mark, Macdonald got in a right wing cross and there was Fletcher to score the first of his brace. It did not take long to get his second either. He got his second dead on 60 minutes after Kudiersky had knocked the ball forward onto him. He then held off former Claret Neal Trotman to go on and make it 2-0 Clarets.
PRESTON TEAM (4-1-4-1): Andreas Arestidou; Conor McLaughlin, Fred Holtom (Daniel Forbes 84), Neal Trotman, Sam Hart; Bailey Wright; Doyle Middleton, Ryan Croasdale (Matt Dudley 62), George Miller, Reece James; Michael McLellan. Subs not used: Dominic Comrie, Luke Clark.
BURNLEY TEAM (4-4-1-1): Ben Woodhead; Ed Williams, Nik Kudiersky, Chris Lynch, Curtis Wood; Alex MacDonald, Chris Anderson, David Lynch, Dominic Knowles; Joe McKee (Ross Wilson 87); Wes Fletcher. Subs not used: Tom Anderson, Joe Jackson, Steven Hewitt, Seamus McCartan, Josh Cook.
Youth Alliance Cup-Bring on Blackpool!
The Clarets Youth team recently defeated Chesterfield 3-0 at Gawthorpe in the first round of the Youth Alliance League Cup and we found out this week that we would face Blackpool at home in the second round. This is certainly a difficult draw despite the home advantage. Blackpool are currently riding high in the league and have a 100% record from six games. This also includes a 1-0 win against the Clarets at Gawthorpe back in August. Good luck lads, sounds like you will need it!
The tie will be played on Saturday 30th October(kick-off 11am)
The full draw for the last 16 was follows:
Preston North End v Carlisle United
Stockport County v Rochdale
Walsall v Oldham Athletic
Rotherham United / Wigan Athletic v Grimsby Town
Darlington v Tranmere Rovers
Bury / Hull City v Morecambe
Burnley v Blackpool
Accrington Stanley v Doncaster Rovers/Macclesfield Town
Expect Loans Away From Turf Moor
Brian Laws has confirmed this week that following the International break we could be seeing up to three players in our current squad going out on loan to give them some match competitiveness. No players have been named but it is widely expected that midfielder, Kevin McDonald will be one such player as reported recently on Vital Burnley.
The Burnley gaffer told BBC Radio Lancashire:
'We've had one or two enquiries (about McDonald) but nobody's stepped forward.
'There are one or two more who need to get out on loan. We've got good back-up and we need to keep them fit for anything that happens to the first XI.'
He added: 'The international break has put things on the back burner but I expect maybe some movement next week once this weekend is out of the way.'