Burnley Football Club have announced that new 12-month contracts have been offered to the following U18 second-year scholars:
Midfielders Christian Hill, Bradley Jackson and Brandon Wilson and striker Ntumba Massanka.
Fellow striker Jamie Frost has already been retained after signing a two-year professional deal just 12 months into his two-year scholarship.
Midfielder Andreas Bianga’s scholarship will be extended until December 2015 due to an ankle injury sustained last season.
Academy Manager Jason Blake insists the hard work must continue in the players next chapter at the club , he said: “The deals are a great indication in how the players have applied themselves these past few years.
“They will come back now for pre-season and we now challenge them to move through the system and the aim is for them to get into the first team as quickly as possible.
“They have another 12 months now to impress and we hope we announce they will be rewarded with a new deal again this time next year.”
Unfortunately, we can also confirm that defender Waqas Azam will not be offered new contract with the Clarets, Blake added:
“Waqas has shown fantastic commitment to the club since he joined at the age of nine. He has shown great attitude on and off the field, leading on the pitch as captain, playing in numerous positions when called upon and it’s always a shame when a journey ends.
“Burnley Football Club will do as always all we can to assist Waqas in finding another club and we thank him for his efforts and wish him every success in his future career.”