STARLET KYLE ON ROAD TO BIG TIME
AMBITIOUS teenager Kyle Brownhill wants to go all the way to the Premier League after joining Burnley from non-league Stockport County.
The 18-year-old left-back signed for the Championship team’s development squad on a one-year deal last week after a successful pre-season trial.
Brownhill was offered a new deal at Stockport, but with the Hatters reverting to semi-pro status this season after relegation to Conference North, he decided to move on.
He said: “Burnley are a Championship club and were the best option available to me.
“The players have all been really welcoming, there’s a lot of experience here. I know if I want advice or anything they will help me in any way they can.
“I want to do well at Burnley and, one day, I want to play in the Premier League, and then represent my country. You’ve got to aim high.
“I’m realistic enough to know that first team football won’t happen straight away - it's a big step up and our first team left-back (Danny Lafferty) is a full Northern Ireland international."
“There is some pressure on me with jumping so many leagues in one go, but I am confident I will break through.”
Had Stockport retained their Conference Premier status, it could all have been very different for Kyle.
“I was expecting us to stay up and to stay on. When it came to the contracts being handed out though, the deal I was offered wasn’t right for me.
“You’re not a footballer forever, so you’ve got to take opportunities like this when they come along.”
Understandably, he has recognised a few differences between the two clubs.
“There’s sports scientists here that we work with before training and the facilities are really good.”
Crewe were also watching Kyle’s progress over the summer, and Leeds and Wigan were interested.
HOPES: Kyle Brownhill