Former Bury & Aston Villa Defender Joins Clarets On a Two Year Contract
Burnley Football Club have confirmed the signing of young defender Jacob Bedeau on a two-year deal, with the option of a further twelve months and will initially start his Turf Moor stay in the Under-23 side. However, the former Aston Villa central defender who spent two years with the then-Championship club, arrives at Burnley with first-team experience from two other spells in the Football League.
London born Bedeau, who signs on the same day as ex-Manchester United youngster Mark Helm started his senior career at Bury, where he was given a first-team debut at the age of sixteen by former Burnley defender Chris Brass. He earned a move to Villa Park before joining Scunthorpe United and clocking up fifty-three appearances for the Iron.
Bedeau, can also operate in a left-back role and has now moved on as a free agent and is delighted with the chance to move back up the ladder with the Clarets. Speaking about joining the Clarets Jacob Bedeau said, “I was really interested and excited when I heard about Burnley, I have been around a little bit for a young player. I think it’s got me good experience and I’m just hoping to come and push on and develop here.
It’s another step a big one and hopefully I do well here, I will work hard and hopefully get me where I want to be which is in and around the first team and pushing that kind of way. The set-up is top-class; the pitches, the gyms, the facilities are second to none. It’s good to be able to develop yourself somewhere like this. Villa was similar I’m just excited to start.
I have learned a lot, met a lot of people and made a lot of friends along the way and I think it all puts me in good stead to come here and try and be the best player I can be. I learned a lot playing games last season and the season before. It was a tough learning curve but I think it’s put me in a good position. I’ve got a lot of experience at that level and a couple of goals so I think it’s put me in good stead. I’ve been in for a few days just to get going and put myself in a good position to start next week and hopefully hit the ground running.”
Having been a regular at U23 level and occasionally captaining Aston Villa’s second string he didn’t make a senior appearance at Villa at a time when the Midlanders were trying to secure promotion to the Premier League. However, he has put in the hard yards in Sky Bet League Two for the last couple of years to further his senior knowledge.
Having felt his way in at the Barnfield Training Centre, Bedeau will report back to training next Wednesday for the official start of pre-season training with the Clarets’ U23’s when he will team up again with ex-Bury colleague Rob Harker. Further new faces are likely to be added to that of Bedeau and Helm, as the Clarets will be looking to build on a seventh place finish in their first season in the Second Division in Premier League 2, as well as promote players to Sean Dyche’s senior squad.