Clarets in Deacey link
By Tony Scholes
Updated Saturday, 28th July 2012
Burnley have been linked today with Bradford Park Avenue's 18-year-old midfielder Jordan Deacey and it is very much more than speculation given the confirmation has come from the player's dad.
Dad is Park Avenue manager John Deacey and he has spoken about Burnley's interest in his son and player this week after his impressive performance against Doncaster Rovers led to their manager Dean Saunders making an approach.
"Dean asked about Jordan after the game," dad John said. "I told him he could speak to the lad or offer him a trial but that he was probably going to Burnley. I'm not surprised he asked because I thought Jordan was awesome in the game. He outshone their lad in central midfield and he was their club captain!"
He added: "There were a couple of other clubs watching Jordan last season, and he has been here and there playing and training over the summer, but I think he will be going to Burnley. They are the club who have first call and it looks like he will be there.
"But one way or another, it looks like he will be going and that will be a big loss to Park Avenue. He has done really well for us but we are a club who will help players move to play at a higher level. We won't stand in anybody's way."
Should Deacey sign for Burnley then he'll become the first player to make the move from Park Avenue to us since Billy Elliott in 1951. Now Jordan might be no ballet dancer but if he proves to be half as good a player as Elliott then we would have a fine player on our hands.