Jay gets Burnley deal
By Tony Scholes
Updated Sunday, 29th April 2007
17-year-old Jay Rodriguez has won himself a professional contract with the Clarets after completing his two year apprenticeship with the youth team.
I don't think anyone who was at the Arbories in Padiham will forget his second goal in the second of those wins, an amazing dipping shot from well over 35-yards that gave the Luton goalkeeper no chance.
Jay will be delighted to have won himself a deal but it is a sad time for the others who will be saying their goodbyes to Burnley Football Club. They are Ali Akbar, Tom Blackler, Paul Casey, Jack Overson, Connor Smith and Dale Underwood.
Ali was injured in the last match of the Youth Alliance League season and for some of these others it has been a difficult time with injuries. Jack Overson has struggled almost throughout his apprenticeship whilst Tom Blackler suffered an injury at the end of last season that almost brought his playing career to an end.
We congratulate Jay on reaching his first target in winning a professional deal, but at the same time we wish those who are leaving Burnley all the very best in the future, and hope they are all able to get fixed up with new clubs before the start of next season.