First One In and Luke It's O'Neill!
Luke O'Neill has completed his move from Mansfield Town to become Burnley's first summer signing after agreeing a two year deal for an undisclosed fee.
The 21-year-old right back was the subject of interest from a number of Championship clubs including Birmingham and Cardiff after helping the Stags reach the Blue Square Premier play-offs.
The Slough-born defender has been a key player this season for the Conference side helping them come closer to a return to the Football League. Sadly though the Stags were beaten in their Conference play-off semi final by York City and they now face a fifth year of non-league football.
O'Neill is a former England youth international at under 17 level and started his career with Leicester City coming through their youth academy. Loan spells at Tranmere and Kettering followed before he joined Mansfield on a free transfer in June 2011.
The right back has both height and pace. He likes to get forward by all accounts and support the attack. His set-pieces and crossing ability also pose a threat.
Eddie Howe talking about his new signing said:
'I am delighted to welcome Luke to Turf Moor. As a manager you always want players snapping at the heels of those wearing the shirts. To do that we need to build a squad,
'To be successful you need that strength in depth and Luke is a welcome addition.
'He is in the attacking mould and likes to get forward. He has a lot of assists to his name and although he prefers right-back, he can play in a variety of positions across the back.'
It is thought O'Neill will start out as understudy to last season's player of the year, Kieran Trippier. Hopefully that will be the case rather than as a contingency should Trippier sign for pastures new.
Welcome aboard Luke