By Full Contact News and Views
Full Contact client George Green has today signed for Championship club Burnley.
George, who turned 20 earlier this month, has been playing non-league football for Ossett Albion since leaving League One club Oldham Athletic last November. After signing with Full Contact over the festive period, we are delighted to confirm that following a successful trial George has now returned to the professional game.
George’s career has already included a number of highs and lows, perhaps explained best by George himself in a candid newspaper interview he gave last December. A glittering youth career at Bradford City prompted a big money move to Everton in October 2011 whilst still aged just 15, and for the next few years George starred for Everton’s under 18 and 21 sides – a particular highlight was winning the 2014 U18 Premier League. International recognition also arrived; George has won 10 caps at under 16, 17 and 18 level.
Last season George made his senior and Football League debut, whilst on loan from Everton at then League Two club Tranmere Rovers. That debut came on the 28th March 2015 against Wimbledon and will long be remembered for this stunning goal that earned his side a last minute point.
As George put pen to paper on his contract at Burnley, Full Contact’s Head of Football Lee Payne explained “We took on a very big responsibility when we decided to represent George and I spent a lot of time with him to understand where he was at, whether he had the desire to return to the professional game and to get to the bottom of why his incredible talent as an academy player and England youth international had not yet transferred to the senior game. We felt we knew how to get the best out of George and put a plan of action in place and I have been so impressed with how George has delivered what we needed him to. During his trial at Burnley he has started to remind us all why he has been so highly rated in the past. Watching him play in a game for Burnley under 21’s was a real pleasure – flashes of sheer brilliance were there but more importantly his work-rate was top class and he demonstrated absolute hunger to win a contract, perhaps on the face of it against the odds. George now has a huge opportunity and at the moment it is no more than that, but with the right support around him now from us and his new club he has every chance of fulfilling all of his much heralded promise.”
Dan Chapman, senior partner of Full Contact, added “One of my earliest memories at Full Contact was watching Arsenal under 21’s host Everton and seeing this 16 year old taking on the likes of Bellerin and Miquel and he was simply break-taking to watch. Fast forward three or four years and I was sitting with Lee watching George shine in a trial game and whilst of course the standard and conditions were very different, it evoked similar feelings. I have to put on record how good Burnley were to deal with during this process – they have some fabulous staff and we know that George will be in very good hands there.”
All at Full Contact wish George and Burnley the very best for the remainder of the season.
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