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IT STILL HASN'T HIT ME YET

21 April 2016

The Iron’s Noel Burdett says he’s delighted to have signed his first professional contract, and also added he can’t wait to get involved in first team action.

In addition, the youngster thanked United’s academy staff, who he says have been fantastic since he walked through the door aged just nine.

Burdett told The Iron PlayerHD: “It still really hasn’t hit me yet, and I still feel quite normal.

“It’s been a long time coming, I’ve worked very hard, and it was very nice to finally get it sorted and sign on the dotted line.

“For the two years of my apprenticeship, I can’t fault it, because it’s really helped me become better as a footballer and as a person.

“My journey started right at the beginning, in the under-9’s. There are so many coaches I’d like to thank."

As well as partaking in U18s fixtures this season, Burdett has also featured for the Iron’s development side - an experience which he stated was brilliant for him.

“I really enjoyed playing with the professionals," he said.

"There was a match at Brigg where Scott Laird played, and it was nice to receive the quality of the ball forward.

“There was a different atmosphere. The way they go about things is just a lot more professional, and it’s another reason why I can’t wait to get started.”

Despite only recently putting pen to paper on his new deal, the forward has already started thinking about his goals for the upcoming campaign.

He cited current first year professional Levi Sutton as an influence, and he believes the midfielder (who made his debut for the club against Swindon Town) is someone who is great for him to look up to.

“As a target, I’d like to start pushing myself for a place on the bench during the year, and hopefully see if I can get a few appearances like Levi (Sutton) recently,” he revealed.

“He’s a definite role model for me, with him working hard through his year. Maybe things didn’t drop for him, but he got his debut and it made me think it is possible.”

See much more from Noel Burdett on the Iron PlayerHD.

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