Spennymoor Town Under-18 players Lewis King and Craig Ellison have secured professional contracts with Burnley.

Striker Ellison and defender King have been training with the club’s academy in recent weeks and impressed enough during a trial spell at Turf Moor to earn themselves short-term deals. The pair have signed contracts until the end of the season with a view to extending them if the period proves successful.

The pair signed contracts last night at The Brewery Field at a small celebration event along with their parents and representatives from both Burnley and Spennymoor. Striker Ellison was understandably excited at the prospect of the next six months: “I’m over the moon. It’s a big step and a much higher standard than I’ve been playing.

“I’ve wanted to be a footballer since I was eight years old. Despite knowing a few clubs were interested, I knew Burnley was the right club for me after I went on trial there and got on well with the players and coaches.

“I have to say I’ve loved every minute of my time at Spennymoor. I will miss the lads and would like to say thank you to Gary Farley and Liam Clough for their coaching that has helped me improve as a player.”

Centre-back King was also in high spirits after joining the Premier League club. He said: “After we enjoyed a successful run in the FA Youth Cup, myself and Craig went on trial with Burnley. It’s every kid’s dream to play at a high level and make a living from playing football.

“Spennymoor has helped me develop as a player and a person, and I would like to say a big thank you to the coaches and management team who have pushed me every week.”

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