Burnley FC hand Vernon Masara pro contract!

Burnley Football Club can confirm that Academy prospect Vernon Masara has signed his first professional contract with the Clarets.

The youngster, who turned 17 last month and had half of his two-year scholarship to run before penning new terms, enjoyed an impressive first campaign in full-time football.

He scored 21 goals in all competitions across the U21s and U18s age groups, with his performances enough to earn him the Academy Player of the Season award.

Despite being 16 years old for most of 2023/24, Masara spent much of the season playing with Andy Farrell’s U21s side.

“It’s a very proud moment for me and I’m really happy,” Masara said.

“I’ve been working hard for many years and all that effort has now paid off. I’ve been with Burnley since I was nine years old and it’s been a good journey, often playing up an age group against bigger people.”

“Being full time now I’ve played a lot of football in the past year, but I’ve really enjoyed the change.”

“One thing that I did have to implement into my game at the start of the season was working harder off the ball and ever since I’ve been doing that, my game’s improved.”

Academy Manager David Longwell added, “We’re delighted that Vernon has committed his future to Burnley Football Club.”

“He’s an exciting player with plenty of pace and power and, despite his young age, he’s shown his ability to apply himself and compete against older players week in, week out.”

“Vernon has worked very hard this season and is fully deserving of this new contract and the Player of the Season award.”

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