Mitchell, Jackson and Massanka Extend Contracts
Development Squad trio Conor Mitchell, Bradley Jackson and Ntumba Massanka have all been handed early Christmas presents by signing new deals with the Clarets.
The new contracts cap a memorable few months for the 19-year-old Development Squad regulars, who have impressed and in the case of goalkeeper Mitchell and winger Jackson, earned them places on the bench for the first team.
Jackson, last season’s Youth Team Player of the Year, has been named as a substitute twice this season after travelling with the squad to Scotland for pre-season.
The wide man made the 18 man squad early in the season for the Capital One Cup tie against Port Vale and the Championship clash with Birmingham City at Turf Moor,
Mitchell, meanwhile, earned a debut call-up at Middlesbrough earlier this month to continue his rise through the ranks.
And Striker Massanka has also been on the cusp of the first team squad following a remarkable goalscoring record for the U21s, with 16 goals in just 14 starts.
Jackson said: “I am absolutely delighted. It’s great to have some stability behind me now for the next few seasons instead of worrying from year to year, and I can now just concentrate on getting my head down and improving.
“The deal is something that came out of the blue really. I hoped, after being on the bench and being involved a bit this season, that I’d have been given a new deal at the end of my contract, but it’s great that I have been given it early.”
Massanka added: “I’m thrilled to commit to the club for the long-term. It’s a great day for myself and my family and it’s a great feeling to make them happy after being at the club for so long.
“I feel like I have had a good start to the season and hopefully that has caught people’s attention and all I can do is make sure my performances don’t drop and continue banging in the goals.”
And Mitchell was also thrilled to pen new terms after an already enjoyable four-year spell at the club.
Mitchell said: “I’m delighted to have signed a new deal as I have been at the club now for four years and I have loved every minute of it.
“I’ve worked hard since pre-season, kept my head down and tried to learn as much as possible from everyone around me, so to get rewarded for that is brilliant news for me.”