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McNeil signs new Burnley contract

21st January 2019, 16:33 by Andy Schooler

Burnley have secured the future of teenage star Dwight McNeil, who has penned a new contract which lasts until 2023.

The 19-year-old winger has made a breakthrough at first-team level this season and scored his maiden senior goal in the Clarets' Premier League win over West Ham last month.

He has helped kickstart Burnley's bid for Premier League survival, starting their last four top-flight games, of which they have won three and drawn one. He also started the FA Cup win over Barnsley.

McNeil's new deal lasts until June 2023, although there is an option to extend it by a further year.

He told the club's official website: "A lot has happened in a short space of time and I’m happy to have signed a new deal.

"I hadn't really thought this far ahead but I'm just happy it's come so soon.

"The main aim was to sign it so I can focus on my football and I've done that now so I can focus and crack on with what I'm doing.

"It's a dream staying in the Premier League. It's the best league in the world and you always want to stay and play in the Premier League."

Born in Rochdale, McNeil joined the club's youth set-up in 2014 having been released by Manchester United but only signed his first professional contract last April.

Burnley's next outing is a trip to Manchester City in the FA Cup on Saturday.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Andy Schooler

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