Burnley’s Rhys Fenlon ready for the next step in his career

Rhys in action. Credit- Rhys Fenlon

There is more than meets the eye when Rhys Fenlon steps out onto the pitch for Burnley.

The 16-year old has a bright future ahead of him and is happy with where he is and how he is progressing as a young talent and a first year scholar at Burnley.

The real question to ask is; what can he achieve in the game as he is at such a young age?

From humble beginnings growing up in Salford, Manchester, staying out of trouble from a young age is what kids have to avoid as it is known as a bad area of Manchester.

Rhys found his love for football at a really young age as the first time he touched a football was at the age of two and from there we can say that the rest is history, even though he hasn’t made it to the professional stage of his career.

Fenlon has played for four clubs at youth level: Burnley, Manchester City, Accrington Stanley and Parkwydnn juniors.

Rhys Fenlon. Credit- Burnley FC

After beginning his footballing career at Parkwydnn juniors, Fenlon moved to Accrington Stanley’s youth set-up at under 8’s level and showed his quality immediately. In his first game for Stanley, Fenlon went to score all seven goals in a 7-4 win which showcased his early promise even though he was only in the under 8’s category of youth football.

After his time at Accrington, Fenlon moved to Manchester City and as a team they are known to be very good at looking after their youth team players. He was hoping that his development as player would be better with a number of high quality coaches available to him at Manchester City’s training facilities.

His main memory from his time from Manchester City is that he scored a cracking goal from 30 yards out that went into the goal off the post in his opening game in the sky blue of Manchester City.

After growing up a Manchester United fan, you would understand that it would be difficult for him to play for the opposite side of Manchester, but he accepted it so that he could get the best form of football coaching to better himself as a player.

After his time at City he was offered to a number of clubs, the majority being in the northwest but in the end he chose Burnley and was happy to move there and wear the claret and blue jersey.

Currently a Burnley player, everything is fully focused on his squad so this is his main focus at this moment in time along with keeping up to date with his schoolwork, which is why the scholar’s programme is there, to promote a healthy ethos of playing football but keeping their education as the main priority.

The young man is determined to continues developing in the youth team of Burnley and continue their youth season and achieve his goals and ambitions as a footballer.

In his role as a winger/creative midfielder and even sometimes a striker, his aim is to get as many assists and goals this season. He even has a competition against one of his team mates to push himself further.

There was only one person that Rhys looked up to when watching the game and playing the game and that was Cristiano Ronaldo. He described him as “unreal and remarkable to watch.”

When speaking about Burnley as a club Rhys said: “I love it here, this my club now and I am enjoying being here.”

During his previous season for the under 16’s at Burnley, being a regular starter and demonstrating a number of stellar performances he earned himself a two-year scholarship deal for the 2018/19 season and is wanting to make the most of it.

In terms of not meeting the eye, Fenlon has a background in Thai boxing after being a three-time British champion, twice English champion and once north-west champion. So not only has he got the skills on the pitch, he has the skills on the mat and is more than prepared to defend himself.

This young man is like any other 16-year old who enjoys hanging around with his friends and relaxing with his family, including his pet dog Mishka.

So Rhys Fenlon is a name to look out for because his future is very bright and has plenty in the locker to be the best out there.