Burnley defender Bobby Thomas has signed a new three-year deal at Turf Moor.

The 20-year-old joined the Clarets as a scholar in 2017 and won the club’s young player of the year award two years later.

Thomas made his first-team debut in the Carabao Cup win at Millwall last season and has also been named on the bench in the Premier League.

“It's something you work towards since you are a young kid,” said the defender. “To sign a long-term deal at an established Premier League side is a nice feeling.

“It’s an important step, that transition from coming out of the 23s, hopefully into a first-team environment whenever that may be, which will be a nice reward for working hard and all the sacrifices.”

Thomas spent time on loan at Barrow last season, making 21 appearances as the Bluebirds maintained their Football League status.

The defender insists his time in League Two had a big impact on his development.

“I really enjoyed my time there and felt like I learned loads,” he added. “It kind of modelled me into a different player because I didn't really have the experience. I feel like I do now from just one loan.

“Even though it was for just half a season I really feel like I did learn and develop a lot. We just scraped staying up and I wouldn’t change it.

“We had really good team and it was really enjoyable.”