UK time is: 20:57:29
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

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

Join The Vital Debate




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday June 15 2012

Time: 6:17PM

Your Comments

Good signing by the sound of it! If we can hold on to Trippier, that's one worry for me plugged re understudy! [Edited by turfmanphil]
turfmanphil
It would be real shame if we were to lose Trippier, he really is a talented player and surely his value would increase with age the new board must see this. On a more positive note moves for Shackell and Clayton both look promising if you are to believe the LT. Could be a great squad in the making!!
YorkshireClaret
Howe talks on official club site about how signing Luke means he has to depend less on defenders from last year's youth team now, meaning they can be loaned out to get the sort of experience Luke got at Mansfield and other places. That and Luke's versatility make me less worried in the short term about Trips going than, I confess, had been my first instinct. But any manager would be mad not to give thought to what would happen if we lost Trips, for whatever reason: sale, injury, suspension. So, for me, while this signing may not seem an immediately obvious good thing, it does show a manager thinking long term, which I like. Welcome to BFC, Luke.
Couch Potato
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Burnley Articles

Rumour Mill- Burnley Gun for Eboue? (Tuesday December 16 2014)

Will Burnley Earn Their Spurs? (Tuesday December 16 2014)

Rumour Mill- Raul Albentosa Anyone? Who? (Tuesday December 16 2014)

Rumour Mill-Ings Ajaxing Lyrical or Not? (Tuesday December 16 2014)

Chalo-Bah Humbug or Not? (Tuesday December 16 2014)

Devilish Burnley Excommunicate Saints!! (Monday December 15 2014)

Burnley Praying More Than Saints? (Friday December 12 2014)

Archived Burnley Articles

List All Vital Burnley Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Burnley 1 - 0 Southampton
Q.P.R. 2 - 0 Burnley
Burnley 1 - 1 Newcastle
Burnley 1 - 1 Aston Villa
Stoke 1 - 2 Burnley
Burnley 1 - 0 Hull City

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
14. WBA 16 4 5 7 -5 17
15. Sunderland 16 2 10 4 -10 16
16. Crystal Palace 16 3 6 7 -5 15
17. Burnley 16 3 6 7 -13 15
18. Q.P.R. 16 4 2 10 -13 14
19. Hull City 16 2 7 7 -8 13
20. Leicester City 16 2 4 10 -12 10

Breaking League News

Team News: City v Crystal Palace
Man City : 19/12/2014 19:57:00
Pellegrini Confident Milner Will Stay
Man City : 19/12/2014 19:54:00
Team News: Hull v Swansea
Hull City : 19/12/2014 19:37:00
Dawson Out For Five-Weeks
Hull City : 19/12/2014 19:36:00
More Than Arfa Chance Hatem Will Leave
Hull City : 19/12/2014 19:35:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Where will Burnley be in the Premier League on Christmas Day?
Suggested By:  Vital Burnley Admin
Still in Bottom 3 40%
11th-17th 58%
Top 10! 2%