Burnley FC: Clarets youngster inspired by Dwight McNeil’s success with first team

Mitchell George, a second year scholar at Burnley, is taking inspiration from Dwight McNeil’s rise into the first team.

18-year-old forward George, from Darwen, recognises the importance of having an example to follow after watching McNeil graduate through the academy before going on to make 36 appearances for the Clarets.

However, George does know he has a long way to go before reaching the heights of the England Under-21 international and believes the best thing for his career would be to go out on loan.

Burnley academy prospect Finlay Armstrong believes his loan spell at Padiham has shown him a different side to football.

Armstrong, a first-year scholar, spent a month at the non-league side in September due to a lack of game time in the under-18’s.

The 16-year-old was very positive about his time in the North West Counties League and the impact it’s had on him as a footballer and person.

Moving away from home and never enjoying a drink with your mates – just two of the challenges for a typical young player starting their career at a Premier League Academy, according to Burnley’s striker Jayden Major.

Major, 17, began his academy career at Liverpool where he was released before moving to Burnley, where he is currently happier than ever.

As a second year scholar at Burnley’s academy he has trained at Barnfield for the past year and spoke of his development since his move from Liverpool.