The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

ARLEN Birch is con­vinced that Turf Moor is the ideal place to kick-start his ca­reer, af­ter pen­ning a one-year con­tract with Burn­ley.

The 19-year-old right­back has been on trial with the Clarets for the past month, af­ter leav­ing Ever­ton, and will join up with the de­vel­op­ment squad af­ter sign­ing on the dot­ted line.

“I’m over the moon to fi­nally get the deal done,” said Birch, who has played for Eng­land U18s.

“I have been here for a few weeks now, so I’m de­lighted and I can’t wait for the sea­son ahead.

“I just want to ce­ment my place in the de­vel­op­ment squad and hope­fully push on from there.”

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