Wes Fletcher signs new two year deal with Burnley
Promising young striker Wes Fletcher has committed himself to the Clarets by agreeing a new two-year deal at Turf Moor.
The 20-year-old joins fellow former youth-team players Chris McCann and Alex McDonald in agreeing fresh terms since the Clarets returned to start pre-season training.
Fletcher, a prolific scorer at youth and reserve level since joining the club in 2007, made his senior Burnley debut as a substitute in a Carling Cup tie last season.
He has also gained first-team experience during loan spells at Grimsby Town and Stockport County and boss Eddie Howe is looking for him to make further progress this season.
“We rate Wes very highly. We think he has a lot of ability,” said Howe.
“He probably needs to go and play, whether that be a loan spell or be with us.
“I think he needs to get some professional games under his belt but he’s got something. He’s got pace, he’s a good finisher and he scores goals.
“We have high hopes for him and it’s on his shoulders now to see how far he can develop.”
Fletcher was set to figure for the Clarets in the Championship at the end of last season and the former Liverpool schoolboy hopes he can make an impact when the new campaign gets under way next month.
“It was a shame I was injured for the last game because the manager said I would have been involved, but hopefully I can crack on this year and get myself there,” said Fletcher.
“This is the biggest year I’m going to have really to make the breakthrough.
“That second year is always there but this year I’m hoping to make the breakthrough and play for the first team.”