Young Striker Lewis Richardson Signs New Contract At Turf Moor
Burnley Football Club have this afternoon announced that striker Lewis Richardson has signed a new three-year deal with the Club. The nineteen year old, who made his Premier League debut for Sean Dyche’s side just over a year ago against Tottenham Hotspurs, is now in his ninth season at Turf Moor.
Richardson progressed through the academy ranks at Turf Moor after joining at the age of ten and went on to make his debut for the U18s at just fifteen scoring an impressive five goals in a 6-1 win over Crewe Alexandra. A month later, Richardson was selected for the England U16s, where he scored in a tournament in Turkey. Before making his U23s debut for Steve Stone’s side and grabbing a hat-trick in a Lancashire Senior Cup semi-final win over Rochdale a couple of weeks later.
The young forward was included in Dyche’s matchday squad for the first time in August 2019, against Sunderland in the Carabao Cup, where he was an unused substitute. He then signed his first professional contract with the Clarets on his 17th birthday on 7th February 2020. The Manchester-born teenager has been a key player over the past two seasons for the U23 set-up, winning Academy Player of the Season for the 2020/21 campaign.
The youngster, who featured for Dyche’s side through pre-season last summer, scoring in a win at Oldham and starting at Blackpool, said: “I’m buzzing to have extended my stay here with Burnley, it’s a club that means everything to me, now I’ve been here for 10 or so years now. Speaking about signing a new contract Lewis Richardson said, “I’m over the moon to be staying here and now I have the opportunity to go and show what I can really do. I just need to push on now and get some games under my belt, the injury was a little set back but I’m past that now and ready to go again.”
Sean Dyche added, “Lewis is a very good young player who has progressed well over the years and is still developing. He’s coming off the back of a long injury, but we’ve been working close with him and we look forward to continuing to work with him.”