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Clarets complete O'Neill capture
12:13pm Friday 15th June 2012 in News
YOUNG right back Luke O'Neill has become Burnley's first summer signing, after completing his move from Mansfield Town.
The 21-year-old prospect was the subject of interest from a number of Championship clubs after helping the Stags reach the Blue Square Premier play-offs, but has put pen to paper on a two-year deal with the Clarets.
An England youth international, O'Neill is expected to start out as an understudy to player of the season Kieran Trippier.
Manager Eddie Howe is looking to build for the future, and believes he will provide excellent competition along the back line.
"I am delighted to welcome Luke to Turf Moor. As a manager you always want players snapping at the heels of those wearing the shirts. To do that we need to build a squad," said the Burnley boss.
"To be successful you need that strength in depth and Luke is a welcome addition.
"He is in the attacking mould and likes to get forward. He has a lot of assists to his name and although he prefers right-back, he can play in a variety of positions across the back."
O'Neill began his career in Leicester City's Academy, going on to make three senior appearances for the Foxes, as well as gaining Football League experience with a loan spell at Tranmere Rovers in 2010.
Following a three-month spell with Kettering Town, the Slough-born defender then joined Mansfield last August and started all but three games as the Stags reached the Blue Square Premier play-offs.