Student Jordan Barnett has signed a one-year contract with Premier League outfit Burnley Football Club.

The left back secured the contract after impressing coaches in an intensive two-week trial at the Lancashire club. The 17-year-old defender was picked up by Burnley scouts after becoming a regular starter for Barnsley Sports Academy’s male football team and Penistone Church Football Club.

Jordan of Penistone, said: “It’s everything that I ever wanted since I started playing football. I’m buzzing to sign my first professional contract and hopefully there is many more to come. The support I have received from the Sports Academy has really helped me to pursue my goals in football and the coaching staff are knowledgeable about the sport.”

Mark Ryan, Sport Programme Manager at the college, added: “Jordan has worked really hard to develop as a footballer during his time here, working with the coaching team at Barnsley Sports Academy and Penistone Church.  He’s a young man that absolutely loves football and has done well in the classroom. Jordan has a real opportunity to progress within football and we wish him all the very best.”

Barnsley Sports Academy offers fantastic facilities and a team of expert and specialist coaches supporting talented sports performers in any discipline. Academies include Football (male and female), Rugby, Netball, Basketball, Refereeing and Individual Athlete Academy.

Last updated: 17th October 2017

Originally posted on: 17th October 2017