Burnley have confirmed on their official website that young defender Ryan Cooney will spend the 2020/21 season on loan at Morecambe.
The 20-year-old was previously loaned out to the League Two club for the second half of last term, only to have his loan spell ended abruptly as the division was curtailed following the global pandemic.
Cooney has yet to make his senior debut for Burnley but he has previously been a regular at under-23 level for the Clarets, while he has also racked up 40 appearances at first team level during loan spells with Bury and Morecambe.
As per Lancashire Telegraph, the Morecambe boss said of the 20-year-old: “Ryan did particularly well for us while on loan last season. He’s a competitor, tough in the tackle, defensively very good and can get forward, putting good balls in the box.
“He needs to kick on now and do well again this year, he’s received another year’s contract with Burnley and we’re delighted to have him on loan for the season ahead.”
With Phil Bardsley and Matthew Lowton vying for the right-back position at Turf Moor, another loan spell in the Football League for Cooney makes perfect sense, as it should grant the youngster some further valuable experience at senior level.
Indeed, if all goes well, he may not be waiting a whole lot longer to get his chance for Burnley. With Bardsley now 35 and Lowton turning 31 during the summer, the Clarets right-back duo won’t be around for many more years.
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Therefore, Cooney can realistically aspire to filling the void that will be left when one of the Turf Moor veterans departs, provided that he can build on what seemed a promising loan spell at Morecambe last season when the Shrimps get their 2020/21 season underway.
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