Clarets youngsters can learn from experience
Coach Steve Stone believes Burnley youngsters can benefit from the experience of playing with the likes of Kevin Long.
The Republic of Ireland international had a run out in the Under-23 on Monday as they eased past Watford and playing next to someone with so much experience can only be a benefit to the likes of Oliver Younger and Bobby Thomas, according to the coach.
Stone himself played alongside the likes of Des Walker and Stuart Pearce when he was learning his game at Nottingham Forest and he thinks Long will have a similar effect on the Clarets youngsters.
"One of the things that Bobby needs know is guidance," Stone told the Lancashire Telegraph. "He gets guidance from me and Faz (Andy Farrell) a lot.
"Longy will give him a different experience and a different voice. Probably a calmer voice and one of assurance and one of a Premier League player.
"A Premier League player has a feel about him, he has size, strength, speed and a calmness about him. Longy had that in him, he looked like a man and Bobby has to aspire to that and he has the physical attributes to do that."
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