The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By Steven Old­ham

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

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