Burnley have signed young defender Joel Senior.

The right-back, 19, has joined the Clarets on an initial 12-month deal, with a further year’s option, from National League North side Curzon Ashton – Burnley’s home in the U23 Professional Development League.

Senior earned a contract at Turf Moor after impressing during a spell training with the Under-23s and featuring in the Clarets’ match-day squad for the final of the Lancashire FA Senior Cup earlier this month.

The Manchester-born defender will be part of Steve Stone’s plans at Under-23 level next season and returns to the professional game after starting out as a youngster at Oldham Athletic.

“I’m delighted. It’s been a long time coming. I’ve been working hard for it for the last three or four years and it’s finally happened,” said Senior, who played for Maine Road, FC United of Manchester and Curzon Ashton after being released by the Latics.

“Burnley have put their trust in me, and I’m delighted to be here.

“A lot of people’s routes have been different and mine has been to come up through men’s football with some good clubs. I’ve finally found Burnley and I’m delighted to be here.”

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