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INTERVIEW: Fenlon on joining the Reds

The 18-year-old midfielder has signed a two-year deal with the club

24 September 2020

Accrington Stanley midfielder Rhys Fenlon admitted that it was an easy decision for him to return to the club after signing a two-year deal earlier today.

Fenlon joined Stanley's youth set-up at under-8s level and he explained that the club's progress over the last decade made it an easy decision for him to return.

"It's a great opportunity that I've been offered, obviously I've had some history with the club and seeing it progress these past 10 years meant that it was a no-brainer for me."

After leaving the Reds, Fenlon spent four years with Manchester City before signing a scholarship with Burnley in July 2018.

"At the end of my four years at City I was released through not being physical enough, that was before Pep Guardiola came in.

"I just wanted to play football so I moved on and Burnley seemed pretty interested in giving me a contract, so I took it there."

The 18-year-old explained that he's hoping to break through into the first team and then show the fans what he can do.

"I've got a lot of pace that I can bring into the team and I'm very good technically.

"There's a lot of potential there, I'm just trying to break through and show the fans what I can do."

Fenlon is relishing the chance to play men's football and he is fully aware that there's a lot more stake than in Under-23s football.

"Under-23s football is development football, and first team football is people with jobs on the line and there's a lot more at stake.

"I want to get into that environment and compete and win, and take this club further."

The midfielder has been on trial with the Reds for the last few weeks and he admitted that he has settled in well with the rest of the squad and the management team.

"I've gelled in with the squad well, they're all open to a chat and everyone seems quite tight.

"I think I'm one of them players that likes an arm around the shoulder and I've got players around me that can do that, I think that's what is going to get the best out of me.

"It's a massive opportunity the fact that the manager has the trust in these young players and their ability, and they've proven so far that they're able to cope with men's football." 

The full first interview video with Rhys Fenlon is available to watch on the club's official YouTube channel, CLICK HERE to find out more!


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