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More Pros and More Goes!

Burnley have given professional contracts to six more members of the team that reached the semi finals of the FA Youth Cup.

Steven Hewitt, Cameron Howieson and Luke Conlan were recently awarded two-year deals but another six players have now now earned 12-month contracts.

Jack Errington, Adam Evans, Tom Anderson, Alex Coleman, Archie Love (pictured above) and Aryn Williams (younger brother of former Burnley loanee Rhys Williams) are our new additional professionals

We do however say goodbye to Ben Woodhead, Josh Cook and Alex Mullin who have all been released by the club.

At a more senior level Dominic Knowles, Neil Yadolahi, David Lynch and Ross Wilson had already been told they would not be offered new contracts and now Alex-Ray Harvey and Joe McKee will also be leaving at the end of their professional contracts.

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Date:Tuesday May 8 2012
Time: 6:36PM


Alex Ray-Harvey is maybe slightly surprisingly and great things were expected of Joe McKee at the time too. Obviously things have not worked out but the future still looks rosy with the young talent coming through. Don't think we have ever handed out so many pre-season pro deals before have we? 9? Phew!!
08/05/2012 18:42:00
Chuffed Aryn has signed, he will be great cover for Tripps, he is one of my favourites in this crop of youngsters. Sad to see both keepers going, its a hard position at this age, Ben is a cracking young man and I wish him well. Never forget that young Pilkington at Norwich was released and couldn't find a club, look at him now.
08/05/2012 18:59:00
agree, Vin - GK hard at that age to work out their capabilities - even more so than other positions. Williams impressed me greatly in the FAYSF2.
08/05/2012 19:14:00
It must be hard for those that are shown the door, but hopefully they are young enough to make a fresh start somewhere else. Against that, those awarded contracts will probably wish that the season could start immediately. Let's hope a few of them get a chance to shine next year - Hewitt already looks a real prospect.
08/05/2012 19:31:00
This would appear to be great news - I also cannot remember this many pro contracts being given previously. Of those that of seen them play - when, realistically, could they be looking to make a real fight for a first team shirt. Could next season be the time for some/any of them?
08/05/2012 19:41:00
The subs rule in effect 4 players works against putting youngsters on the bench. If you play Marney you have Bartley on the bench, if you play Edgar and Duff you have Mee on the bench, up top you have Pato on the bench leaving one place, its a tough option for sure. 3 nil up at home you can blood a youngster if he is on the bench......
08/05/2012 23:00:00
The experiences of Rae-Harvey and McKee will be a pointed reminder to those stepping forward that they have to go on improving. The step up from youth to pro is a fast ride into a fiercely competitive world. Some will thrive, some won't. Regardless, I hope they all make the most of the experience, and wish them all well.
Couch Potato
09/05/2012 07:29:00
I don't know the story about McKee, looked a promising midfielder, went on loan before Christmas to the SPL but really was a bench warmer, I guess it makes it difficult to assess how good he is. Perhaps he would have been better playing in our Div 2 on loan and getting good competitve game time?
09/05/2012 07:55:00
I agree there is always a possibility of something behind the story, VR, but maybe it's just that Eddie has demonstrated that he thinks Hewitt and Howieson are better than McKee and Rae-Harvey... and either they have decided they want to pursue other options, or he has decided he only wants 2 not 4 young players in that part of his squad. It's certainly true that many on here have asked for experience to be added to our midfield.
Couch Potato
09/05/2012 09:54:00
Sounds like Alex MacDonald will be offered a new deal too following his loan to Plymouth and helping them survive relegation with four crucial goals.
11/05/2012 16:51:00
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