Dwight McNeil has set a precedent for the Burnley Academy prospects and it’s one which Chris Conn-Clarke intends to follow.
The Northern Irish winger has a number of international call ups under his belt already, making his debut in September.
Conn-Clarke has been the man in form for Burnley’s Under-18s side so far this season, with seven goals to his name.
Conn-Clarke sees McNeil as a inspiration – he plays the same position as the Burnley winger and is also impressing as a scholar.
“He just kept progressing and now he’s in the first team, it’s good to look up to and again see that there is a pathway there,” said Conn-Clarke.
“It motivates people like me beacuse I play in the same position, so hopefully one day that can happen.”
For Conn-Clarke, the opportunities are endless with a number of international call-ups under his belt already for Norther Ireland’s under-18s.
Focus will now turn to the Clarets under-18s game this weekend against Leeds, when his side will look to turn around their bad run of form.
With only one point from a possible nine in their last three games, the team performances have overshadowed Conn-Clarke’s impressive individual displays.
Conn-Clarke seems to be on the road to success, and just maybe he could be making a detour to Sean Dyche and the first team very soon.