Burnely Apprentice Steve Hewitt could be in line to make his first-team debut after signing a two-and-a-half- year professional contract.
The 17 year-old has impressed manager Eddie Howe this season and was including in the club’s pre-season tour.
After being fast-tracked into the first-team, Hewitt is looking to make an impact on the pitch.
“It’s my little goal to get as much time on the pitch as possible,” he told the Lancashire Telegraph.
“Even if it’s only five or 10 minutes I’ll be happy with that, and I’ll just look to kick on from there.”
“I only heard a few weeks ago that the club were thinking of offering me a contract but was just told to carry on doing what I was doing. Then I got the call last week to say we want you to sign as soon as possible.”
“Not a lot of people get two and a half years – it’s normally one year – so it was a big privilege to sign it.”
Hewitt, who was named on the substitutes bench in Burnley’s Carling Cup clashes against Barnet and MK Dons, believes his progression has encouraged his youth teammates.
“The other lads are really happy for me. They’ve been great, we’ve had a bit of banter now and again.”
“But now they know if they do well and the gaffer sees it they might get fast-tracked as well, so everyone’s kicking on now.”