Murrow-born Burrows extends Peterborough United contract
Officials at Peterborough United are hoping the career of Fenland lad Harrison Burrows can be an inspiration to others after the teenager signed a new long-term contract with the League One club.
Burrows, who turned 19 last month, has been with the club for more than a decade and has become a regular first-team squad member this season.
The Murrow-born player has made 21 first-team appearances since making his debut last season and his new deal takes him to 2024 and there also is an option for another year.
Academy chief Kieran Scarff believes the journey Burrows has undertaken since joining the club can be inspiring to others and demonstrates the commitment that Posh has to developing players through the system.
Scarff said: “The vision for this football club is to keep developing our own players and Harrison fits that bill more than most having progressed right through the Academy.
“He was involved in our Development Centres prior to joining the Academy at nine, so he has been with us an incredibly long time.
“He is a success story and shows that the club has a long-term view to player development.
“Harrison is in a good place at the minute and by the time this contract comes to an end he would have been with the club nearly 14 years which is outstanding when you think about it.”
Burrows was happy to extend his stay at Posh and is now looking forward to helping with their push for promotion after adapting to his new wing-back role.
He commented: “I am really happy to get the deal over the line and really grateful to the club for putting their faith in me.
“I have been here a long time and the club means a lot, so to get to this point in committing my future long-term is really special.
“The Academy system is really strong here, you only have to look at the players coming through and credit must go to Matty (Etherington) and Simon (Davies) at the under 18 level and obviously Kieran Scarff and all the coaches for the work that they have been doing.
“I am trying to improve my all-round game as much as I can. During lockdown, I worked hard in the gym on my upper body because I know that I am not the most physical of players so any extra bit I can get out of myself I will try and do.
“The gaffer (Darren Ferguson) has been great with me as he has allowed me to go out there and try and express myself. I have a couple of assists to my name this season, but obviously I know I need to add goals to my game.
“Wing-back is a role I really enjoy. I like the fact that you can be defending one minute and attacking the next and Dan Butler has helped me along the way because he has played a lot in that position.
“I can play in a few different positions. I played further forward as I was coming through the Academy, but I just enjoy being out there and playing first team football.
“I want to continue to progress as much as I can and help the team win games. We are in a good place at the moment.”
First team boss Ferguson feels the versatility of Burrows can help him become an integral part of the League One side’s squad.
He said: “Harrison has been with us a very long time so he understands the football club and understands he will get the opportunity to perform at first team level.
“As the supporters will have seen, he can play as a wing-back, but he can also perform in one or two other positions as well.
“We feel he can play as a number 10 and off the right in a 4-2-3-1 formation as he understands the game.
“He has areas that he needs to improve on, but at 19, he has plenty of time to develop. I am really pleased we’ve got the contract done.”