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TheTrialist and the Young Gun!

The Clarets have signed 17 year old hot prospect, Luke Gallagher from Dublin-based club, Cherry Orchard on a two-year scholarship deal. He has already been captain of the Republic of Ireland Under 17 side and will be eligible to play for Burnley's youth team once international clearance has been received.

The club have also offered a trial to highly-rated, Mansfield Town defender, Tom Naylor.

The 20 year old was at Derby County last week on trial but returned to the Blue Square Bet Premier Conference league club after talks broke down at Pride Park. The player has also interested Premier League, Fulham and League 1 Bournemouth.

Mansfield boss, Paul Cox is giving his player one last chance to go out on trial.

Cox told the club's official website:

"This will probably be Tom's final opportunity [on a trial].

"We want Tom here if no club is to meet our valuation."

He will be at Turf Moor for a week whilst Eddie Howe and his team assess the player.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday October 3 2011

Time: 1:59PM

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Naylor a central defender by all accounts. Premier League clubs have also been understood to have been sniffing around. Sounds OK providing he can make a three-league step up!
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03/10/2011 14:03:00

Its a big jump, blue square is a world away from the Championship believe me I have watched a handfull of Grimsby games last season. having said that he maybe another Duffo.
Grimsby Claret
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03/10/2011 17:57:00

Save the cash and buy Mee!
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03/10/2011 18:10:00

I disagree, VR. BM has looked OK so far, but not great. Besides, this is definitely the way to go: get the young 'uns in, improve them, sell them, and repeat! Fingers crossed they both end up making the grade.
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03/10/2011 20:04:00

Sounds WTBM is propounding BFC policy. No ambition to actually get somewhere and win things, just make some money. Hope I am wrong and the Board intend to keep those who develop into diamonds and establish a winning team.
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04/10/2011 08:19:00

I seriously think the first team squad needs strengthening asp, I believe any addition to the first team must be the priority for spending. There are hundreds of good youth players that may develop into diamonds available to us plus we have quite a few already with us. My above post was a little tic about Mee as we will never be able to afford him.
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04/10/2011 09:13:00

Not at all, Cornwall. If you look at the history of our club, and that of most clubs excluding one or two exceptions. When someone with more money comes knocking, there comes a point when you have to sell.
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04/10/2011 19:35:00

Sorry WTBM but I dont agree. Football would be a depressing game if that was the case, and teams would never change positions. Holding onto quality players is always difficult, but if you can bring yourself immediate success by doing so then not only have you won over the confidence of your own quality players, but you can become one of the teams who goes knocking on other doors. Thats the way I see it.
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04/10/2011 23:28:00

Yep, I have some sympathy with that view Adam. For far too long we have been 'ickle old Burnley, feeling sorry for ourselves and accepting the norm! Only when we try to move out of our comfort zone and try something radical might we get out of the rut and as you say hold onto players who want to stay because we are being successful,paying the players the going rate and reaping the rewards both financially and on the pitch! We have to become competitive in whatever league we are in and you cant do that with sticking plastic and vague hopes that the youth of today will guide us to nirvana some time in the future. we have to go for the here and now! Be successful in the here and now and the rest will follow
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05/10/2011 07:22:00

I don't disagree with the above but whilst on an international break maybe a good time to have an article on "The Clubs Policies Agree/Disagree". I know that players look at there working enviroment and place quite a big emphasis on little things like where hey train every day! Once a player reaches a certain standard his belief that driving after training from Gawthorpe to the ground to eat is maybe not 15k a week standard...I know things are changing but my point is that you must look at the whole before you simplify it as we can match what Southampton or Bolton will pay you if you just please stay.
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05/10/2011 08:14:00

Bournemouth had a bid for him rejected
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05/10/2011 18:27:00

Naylor has returned to Mansfield now and played in their recent Blue Square Premier League game against Grimsby Town at Field Mill. Doesn't look like owt will happen in short-term but I understand the player will still be monitored. They could have taken him on loan though now with a view to perm move in Jan so obviously not totally excelled!
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09/10/2011 19:26:00


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