Burnley invite Portadown pair over for trials with Premier League club

Portadown manager Matthew Tipton has described as ‘just reward’ the offer of time on trial at Burnley for two of the Danske Bank Premiership club’s most promising young players.

Saturday, 8th May 2021, 9:01 pm

Lee Bonis and George Tipton left for England earlier this week as a blank space in the Portadown fixture calendar presented an opportunity to take the next step following positive reports during the campaign.

Both players attracted attention from Burnley staff over a first season in the Irish League top flight with Portadown.

“Both boys have been attracting interest all season and it intensified when Burnley sent over a coach to watch Jacob Carney,” said Ports boss Tipton. “He then put a report in recommending George and Lee to be monitored and brought in.

Portadown manager Matthew Tipton
Portadown manager Matthew Tipton

“With us having a free week, contact was made and they travelled over on Wednesday.

“Initial reports are they have shown up well but, regardless of that, it’s a fantastic experience and also just reward for what has been a good season for both of them.”

Dane McCullough last year confirmed a move from Portadown to Burnley’s Academy set-up.