Brief period of reflection for Bradford City hot-shot Oliver McBurnie

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Oliver McBurnie scored 29 goals in 17 games for Bradford City youth team last season Oliver McBurnie scored 29 goals in 17 games for Bradford City youth team last season

City starlet Oliver McBurnie is already eyeing pre-season after a “crazy” breakthrough year.

The teenage striker has been in Scotland for an end-of-term training camp with Ricky Sbragia’s under-19 national squad as they build towards the European Championship qualifiers in October against Norway, Lithuania and Finland.

The stint north of the border brings the curtain down on a memorable campaign for the youngster, whose progress was rewarded by Phil Parkinson with a pro contract until June 2016.

He burst into the spotlight last July when he guested for Manchester United’s youth team in the prestigious Milk Cup in Northern Ireland – and finished with the tournament’s golden boot.

McBurnie went on to score a prolific 29 goals in 17 outings for City’s youngsters as well as making nine senior appearances, including two starts.

“It’s been a long season and so much has happened,” he said. “I probably haven’t played as many games as I’d have liked but it’s been crazy in terms of what’s gone on.

“It will be nice to let everything sink in and reflect on what I’ve done. It’s been ridiculous really.

“I’ll give my body a rest but then it’s a case of getting back to work again because I know how important this pre-season will be.”

Parkinson is continuing to hold talks with the club’s out-of-contract players and plenty of changes are anticipated ahead of next term. The ambitious 18-year-old is determined to stake his own claim.

McBurnie made his full debut against Rotherham at Valley Parade on Boxing Day and also started in the home draw with Bristol City three weeks later.

He played only once as a sub in the final three months but is targeting a big pre-season to put himself firmly in the manager’s thoughts.

McBurnie added: “It’s going to be a massive opportunity for me to show what I can do.

“I’ll probably get a lot of chances with the gaffer rotating the team for the friendlies. I need to make the most of them.

“Hopefully when the season comes I’ll have done enough to show that I’m worthy of a spot in his plans.”

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11:11am Fri 16 May 14

lawsonio123 says...

At 18 he has the world at your feet having watched him play he will become a asset to City I only hope they keep him and do not cash in Young players like him are our way back to the top selling is the way to remain where we are or even worse as has been proved with many clubs over the years HANG ON TO THIS YOUNG MAN AND OTHERS LIKE HIM Roll on next season and watch him go
At 18 he has the world at your feet having watched him play he will become a asset to City I only hope they keep him and do not cash in Young players like him are our way back to the top selling is the way to remain where we are or even worse as has been proved with many clubs over the years HANG ON TO THIS YOUNG MAN AND OTHERS LIKE HIM Roll on next season and watch him go lawsonio123
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4:10pm Fri 16 May 14

OLDLAD says...

Dolan has signed but as usual telegraph behind the times
Dolan has signed but as usual telegraph behind the times OLDLAD
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8:32pm Fri 16 May 14

BD16 says...

lawsonio123 wrote:
At 18 he has the world at your feet having watched him play he will become a asset to City I only hope they keep him and do not cash in Young players like him are our way back to the top selling is the way to remain where we are or even worse as has been proved with many clubs over the years HANG ON TO THIS YOUNG MAN AND OTHERS LIKE HIM Roll on next season and watch him go
The lads got a lot of potential but let's not expect too much too soon. We've been here before with prolific youngsters who have never quite made it after much fanfare.

Remember Michael Mchugh? If not, that's exactly my point.
[quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: At 18 he has the world at your feet having watched him play he will become a asset to City I only hope they keep him and do not cash in Young players like him are our way back to the top selling is the way to remain where we are or even worse as has been proved with many clubs over the years HANG ON TO THIS YOUNG MAN AND OTHERS LIKE HIM Roll on next season and watch him go[/p][/quote]The lads got a lot of potential but let's not expect too much too soon. We've been here before with prolific youngsters who have never quite made it after much fanfare. Remember Michael Mchugh? If not, that's exactly my point. BD16
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10:16am Sat 17 May 14

lawsonio123 says...

BD16 wrote:
lawsonio123 wrote:
At 18 he has the world at your feet having watched him play he will become a asset to City I only hope they keep him and do not cash in Young players like him are our way back to the top selling is the way to remain where we are or even worse as has been proved with many clubs over the years HANG ON TO THIS YOUNG MAN AND OTHERS LIKE HIM Roll on next season and watch him go
The lads got a lot of potential but let's not expect too much too soon. We've been here before with prolific youngsters who have never quite made it after much fanfare.

Remember Michael Mchugh? If not, that's exactly my point.
Yes we have but over the last 60 years I have seen enough to have a small wager with you this lad WILL MAKE IT Remember Mc;call Stokes and others who did make including the young man now at Man Utd Take care and have a good day
[quote][p][bold]BD16[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: At 18 he has the world at your feet having watched him play he will become a asset to City I only hope they keep him and do not cash in Young players like him are our way back to the top selling is the way to remain where we are or even worse as has been proved with many clubs over the years HANG ON TO THIS YOUNG MAN AND OTHERS LIKE HIM Roll on next season and watch him go[/p][/quote]The lads got a lot of potential but let's not expect too much too soon. We've been here before with prolific youngsters who have never quite made it after much fanfare. Remember Michael Mchugh? If not, that's exactly my point.[/p][/quote]Yes we have but over the last 60 years I have seen enough to have a small wager with you this lad WILL MAKE IT Remember Mc;call Stokes and others who did make including the young man now at Man Utd Take care and have a good day lawsonio123
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10:45am Sat 17 May 14

flashman says...

He is still young and needs to improve why not kill two birds with one stone and offer him on a season long lone to lets save Halifax as part of a deal that involves some cash for Gregory – Just an idea !
He is still young and needs to improve why not kill two birds with one stone and offer him on a season long lone to lets save Halifax as part of a deal that involves some cash for Gregory – Just an idea ! flashman
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11:44pm Sun 18 May 14

Waynus1971 says...

BD16 wrote:
lawsonio123 wrote:
At 18 he has the world at your feet having watched him play he will become a asset to City I only hope they keep him and do not cash in Young players like him are our way back to the top selling is the way to remain where we are or even worse as has been proved with many clubs over the years HANG ON TO THIS YOUNG MAN AND OTHERS LIKE HIM Roll on next season and watch him go
The lads got a lot of potential but let's not expect too much too soon. We've been here before with prolific youngsters who have never quite made it after much fanfare.

Remember Michael Mchugh? If not, that's exactly my point.
Michael McHugh? Now he was a talent that left too soon and that ended his career. I wonder if he wishes he could go back in time and stay at City for a while longer instead of taking the 'stardom' of Old Trafford???

Personally, I think that McBurnie should stay with us for the pre-season but afterwards, should be offered out for a 3+ month loan. Let's see him play in regular competitive games before we start jumping up and down!
[quote][p][bold]BD16[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: At 18 he has the world at your feet having watched him play he will become a asset to City I only hope they keep him and do not cash in Young players like him are our way back to the top selling is the way to remain where we are or even worse as has been proved with many clubs over the years HANG ON TO THIS YOUNG MAN AND OTHERS LIKE HIM Roll on next season and watch him go[/p][/quote]The lads got a lot of potential but let's not expect too much too soon. We've been here before with prolific youngsters who have never quite made it after much fanfare. Remember Michael Mchugh? If not, that's exactly my point.[/p][/quote]Michael McHugh? Now he was a talent that left too soon and that ended his career. I wonder if he wishes he could go back in time and stay at City for a while longer instead of taking the 'stardom' of Old Trafford??? Personally, I think that McBurnie should stay with us for the pre-season but afterwards, should be offered out for a 3+ month loan. Let's see him play in regular competitive games before we start jumping up and down! Waynus1971
  • Score: -1

5:40am Mon 19 May 14

BD16 says...

Waynus1971 wrote:
BD16 wrote:
lawsonio123 wrote:
At 18 he has the world at your feet having watched him play he will become a asset to City I only hope they keep him and do not cash in Young players like him are our way back to the top selling is the way to remain where we are or even worse as has been proved with many clubs over the years HANG ON TO THIS YOUNG MAN AND OTHERS LIKE HIM Roll on next season and watch him go
The lads got a lot of potential but let's not expect too much too soon. We've been here before with prolific youngsters who have never quite made it after much fanfare.

Remember Michael Mchugh? If not, that's exactly my point.
Michael McHugh? Now he was a talent that left too soon and that ended his career. I wonder if he wishes he could go back in time and stay at City for a while longer instead of taking the 'stardom' of Old Trafford???

Personally, I think that McBurnie should stay with us for the pre-season but afterwards, should be offered out for a 3+ month loan. Let's see him play in regular competitive games before we start jumping up and down!
That was Graham Tomlinson, but it probably applies equally to him as well.

Michael Mchugh scored loads of goals for the reserves in the early 90's but could never make the step up. He went back to Ireland and had a career over there.
[quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BD16[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: At 18 he has the world at your feet having watched him play he will become a asset to City I only hope they keep him and do not cash in Young players like him are our way back to the top selling is the way to remain where we are or even worse as has been proved with many clubs over the years HANG ON TO THIS YOUNG MAN AND OTHERS LIKE HIM Roll on next season and watch him go[/p][/quote]The lads got a lot of potential but let's not expect too much too soon. We've been here before with prolific youngsters who have never quite made it after much fanfare. Remember Michael Mchugh? If not, that's exactly my point.[/p][/quote]Michael McHugh? Now he was a talent that left too soon and that ended his career. I wonder if he wishes he could go back in time and stay at City for a while longer instead of taking the 'stardom' of Old Trafford??? Personally, I think that McBurnie should stay with us for the pre-season but afterwards, should be offered out for a 3+ month loan. Let's see him play in regular competitive games before we start jumping up and down![/p][/quote]That was Graham Tomlinson, but it probably applies equally to him as well. Michael Mchugh scored loads of goals for the reserves in the early 90's but could never make the step up. He went back to Ireland and had a career over there. BD16
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