College star attracts interest from City and Blackburn

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Two Premier League clubs have recognised the talents of one of Burnley College’s Football Academy stars.

Marko Marosi, a goalkeeper and Advanced Level Public Services student, is currently training three times a week with Blackburn Rovers’ Youth Academy at the Brockhall Village training complex.

Marko and Burnley College Academy midfielder Chris Bailey have also been selected for Manchester City’s Rishworth Project.

The Project is funded by Manchester City’s owner Sheikh Mansour and coached by former Burnley striker Gareth Taylor. Made up of talented youngsters aiming to make a career in the game, the team will be playing against a number of national touring teams over the next few months, including from Australia and Espanyol in Spain.

Marko said: “I worked extremely hard over the summer to cement my place in the College Academy team and am really pleased with how it has paid off. Being coached by the college’s coaches, who are former professionals, has helped to improve my game and opened so many doors to me. Gerry Harrison and Barry Knowles have lots of contacts in the professional game and they are very committed to helping all of the Academy players achieve their potential.

“I am really excited about my future and am looking forward to continuing to develop under the coaching of the College Academy and Blackburn Rovers staff.”

Marko and Chris were also selected for the NW Colleges squad, with Marko being selected for the England Colleges’ 22-man squad after a trial held at Coventry City’s training ground.

In addition to the Football Academy, Burnley College also runs Basketball, Netball, Golf and Rugby academies and has a Badminton Academy planned for 2012.