Steven Hewitt 'privileged' by first Burnley deal

Steven Hewitt
Hewitt played for Burnley in a pre-season game at Torquay

Steven Hewitt says it is a privilege to sign his first professional contract with Burnley.

The 17-year-old has signed a two-and-half-year deal at Turf Moor after impressing manager Eddie Howe.

"It's a big privilege to sign the contract," the midfielder told BBC Radio Lancashire.

"They said a few weeks ago that they were thinking of offering me one, I then got a phone call and I signed it as soon as possible."

The graduate of the club's centre of excellence also had spells with Blackburn Rovers and Stockport County as a schoolboy.

Hewitt added: "I was at Blackburn Rovers when I was nine, but they released me because I was too small and not fast enough.

"I then went to Stockport County for three years but I left because I didn't enjoy the football so I went back to my local team and then Burnley picked me up."

He signed a two-year scholarship programme with the Championship squad at the start of last season but has been fast tracked through after impressing manager Eddie Howe.

"The gaffer saw me last year in a few reserve games, he pulled me aside and told me I had been doing really well.

"He told me to just keep going so after that I thought he might like me," he said.

Hewitt has yet to make a first team appearance and has featured as a unused substitute in the Carling Cup against Barnet and MK Dons.

"It was a great experience, even though I didn't get on it was good to feel the atmosphere just to see it pitch-side.

"The manager hasn't really said much to me but it's my little goal to get as much time on the pitch as possible.

"Even if it's just 10 or even five minutes I'd be happy with that."