Clarets Offer Bobby Tomas His First Professional Contract
The Clarets have awarded teenage defender Bobby Thomas his first professional contract with the club following a break-through season at Turf Moor. The eighteen year old centre back who has been a regular starter for the U23 side since the turn of the year will sign a two-year contract with the club, which will take him to the summer of 2021.
The former Everton schoolboy joined the Clarets after leaving Crewe in the summer of 2017 and earns a contract following an extended two-year scholarship. Speaking about the new signing Academy Manager Jon Pepper said, “Bobby has been a feature for the U23’s and the fact that he has made that step quite smoothly has been integral to that decision and we look forward to seeing him develop further.”
Will Harris (striker) and Kai Calderbank-Park (goalkeeper) have both been offered new contracts with the club which are extensions for a third-year scholarship. The pair have been offered the extended contracts as they have both progressed well over the last four months and Kai has been injured, but has been out on loan at Padiham playing against men. Another year will see them develop further and hopefully earn them a place in the U23’s and a first professional contract.
However, the rest of the second years are all being released at the end of the season as the Clarets look to progress the younger age groups and welcome a new intake. Youth teamers Michael Fowler, Oscar Woods, Kian Yari, Ethan Kershaw, Dan Moss, Dylon Meredith and Terry Mupariwa will therefore all move on in the summer to pursue careers elsewhere.