Clarets midfielder joins Lancashire neighbours on loan

Clarets midfielder Aiden O'Neill has joined League 1 Fleetwood Town on a season-long loan.

Tuesday, 1st August 2017, 2:30 pm
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 1:01 pm
Aiden O'Neill is challenged by Chelsea's Oscar at Stamford Bridge last August
Aiden O'Neill is challenged by Chelsea's Oscar at Stamford Bridge last August

The 19-year-old Australian has made five appearances for Burnley, coming on as a substitute against Liverpool and Chelsea, and starting the EFL Cup exit at Accrington Stanley 12 months ago.

But after the arrival of Ashley Westwood from Aston Villa in January, he fell further down the pecking order and went out on loan to Oldham Athletic, where he made 15 appearances for John Sheridan's side as they staved off the drop to League 2.

Burnley have since added Jack Cork to their ranks, and the Brisbane-born teenager will now further his experience with Uwe Rosler's side.

The Clarets have a recall clause in the deal, with the player able to return to Turf Moor in January if required.

Rosler said: “Aiden is a player who we have had on our radar for quite some time.

"We were in contact with Burnley, but at that point we couldn’t get the player to Fleetwood.

"He is 19 years old, but he is far more matured than his age.

"He will add things to our team what we need, he is athletic, well skilled and we must give compliments to the coaching staff at Burnley for that.

"He is very ambitions, a good lad and I’m delighted to get him to us – I’m sure our department in central midfield will be strengthened. I’m really looking forward to working with Aiden.”