Mitchell signs new deal with Premiership side

Conor Mitchell
Conor Mitchell

Portrush lad Conor Mitchell (18) has been rewarded for his hard work and has signed a new contract at Premiership club Burnley.

Mitchell, a former pupil of Domincan College Portstewart has been at Turf Moore since 2012.

The big goalkeeper took to Facebook last week saying he was ‘buzzing’ to have been offered a new contract at Burnley.

The contract will keep him at the clarets until next June.

Conor has represented Northern Ireland at Under 16, Under 17, Under 19 and Under 20 levels and was one of a number of Burnley Under 21 stars who were given new contracts.

Speaking to Times Sport this week, the former Portrush FC player said: “I’ve been working hard and thankfully it’s paying off.”

Academy Manager Jason Blake said: “All have been a credit to themselves this season. Their attitude and application has been excellent throughout training and matches.

“While some players are to be offered new contracts, it is difficult to tell others that they have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

“Cameron, Evan, Luke, Kevin and have worked extremely hard but their playing opportunities are limited by the players currently ahead of them.

“Rather than provide them with a year of reduced access to matches, allowing them to achieve regular competitive games elsewhere would accelerate their development as footballers.

“Burnley Football Club will do all we can do assist these players in finding another club and we thank them for their efforts and wish them every success in their future careers.”