BURNLEY have signed 11 new youngsters for their youth set up for the upcoming season.

The youngsters will start their two year scholarships while being being of the Clarets' under 18s squad, under head coach Tony Philliskirk.

Nine of the 11 players have been with Burnley since the U14 age group.

Joel Connolly, Jake Rooney, Matthew Carson, Finlay Armstrong, Tremaine Eastmond, Corey Brennan, Dylan Moonan, Joe McGlynn and Lewis Richardson have all progressed through the ranks.

The two new faces have come from the Manchester clubs as midfielder Ben Woods joined from Manchester United last season and goalkeeper Lewis Thomas was signed from Manchester City.

Woods and Richardson have already featured for the regularly for the youth team and U23 side last season.

Philliskirk said: "It's a proud day for the lads and for their parents to see them come into the full-time environment.

"They have had their first day on Monday, which mainly just consisted of a medical and fitness testing work.

"And it's good to finally get to know them all properly, as I didn't join the club until December last season, so I only got to know them vaguely before they had their GSCE'S and then had a little break.

"I am really looking forward to know them all better and it's an exciting time and a nervy time for them.

"We just to need to remember that these lads have gone from part-time training to full-time, so we just have to be a little bit careful on the overload for the first couple of weeks.

"But pre-season is pre-season and it's tough, so it's just important we get everything right and prepare over the next few days for the upcoming season."

For the new players, everything is taken care of on and off the field, with all 10 teenagers starting their scholarships on Monday, and some spending their first night away in local houses; their new home for the duration of the scholarship.

Philliskirk added: "It's good that a lot of them have been here at least two or three years, so they are familiar with the surroundings and it's not all new to them.

"But a few of them are leaving their home now and moving into digs. They met their host families over the weekend as well, so that's a big difference in their lives.

"They are all a good group of lads and it's also a bit new for me, as it's my first year with a new group from day one, so I am looking forward to pre-season immensely."