Accrington Stanley have confirmed the signings of Burnley duo Matty Carson and Tommy Moonan.
The 18-year-olds will join up with Ged Brannan’s development squad initially after securing professional contracts.
Carson was within the Liverpool youth set up for eight years before joining Burnley at u14 level. However, the left-back was not offered a professional contract at the end of his scholarship.
Moonan, who spent 11 years with the Premier League outfit, is a box-to-box midfielder and like Carson, was told he was not going to be offered a professional contract.
Accrington have developed a good relationship with Burnley over the years. Rhys Fenlon spent two years with Burnley’s academy before signing for the League One outfit, whilst Swedish forward Joel Mumbongo has also recently secured a season-long loan with Stanley.
The early stages of this transfer window have seen some of the promotion-chasing clubs of the division spend big. However, this is shrewd business from Accrington who are certainly prioritising sustainability.
The link that Burnley and the League One club possess is starting to emerge as a rather favourable one from a Stanley perspective. Accrington will be hopeful that this can continue long into the future.
Carson appears to be a modern-day left-back. He told the club website about his tough-tackling tendencies but also spoke about his desire to get forward and his ability to take set-pieces.
Moonan also seems like an excellent addition. He spoke to his new club about being more of a defensive-minded midfielder, but also has the versatility to operate in more attacking positions.