Clarets Winger Dwight McNeil Extends Clarets Contract
Burnley Football Club have today confirmed that teenage winger Dwight McNeil has signed a four year extension to his current contract meaning that he is signed to the Clarets until the end of the 2023 season, with the club holding an additional twelve months on the back of an outstanding break-through season at first-team level.
The contract extension caps a remarkable few months for the 19-year-old, who signed his first professional contract at Turf Moor last April 2018. McNeil made his senior debut as a substitute on the final day of last season and has quickly developed into a key member of Sean Dyche’s senior squad.
The left-sided player started a full-time two-year scholarship two years later and after impressing at U18 & U23 level earned a professional contract. He has since made eight first-team starts, plus three further appearances from the bench, across four different competitions, making his full senior debut in the Europa League at the end of August.
His first Premier League start came a few days later against Manchester United and his first top-flight goal in a 2-0 win over West Ham United at the end of December. McNeil is the first ‘homegrown’ player to make a major first-team impact at Turf Moor since Jay Rodriguez but reflects the increasing success of the Clarets’ Academy.
Speaking about his contract extension Dwight McNeil said, “A lot has happened in a short space of time and I’m happy to have signed a new deal. I hadn’t really thought this far ahead but I’m just happy it’s come so soon. The main aim was to sign it so I can focus on my football and I’ve done that now so I can focus and crack on with playing.
I think I’ve taken my opportunity well and I can build on that, hopefully I can stay in the team and really focus on this season. I think we’re doing well and we’ve got to keep that form going. It’s a dream staying in the Premier League, It’s the best league in the world and you always want to stay and play in the Premier League.”