Burnley complete double signing before the start of the season

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Burnley have announced the signing of both former Arsenal youngster Renny Smith and Luke Hendrie from Derby County.

Smith joins on a three-year deal and was a regular in Arsenal's Under 18's last season but was released over the summer.

Following a successful trial period which included playing in the 4-0 win at Sheffield FC, the Austria youth international was quick to sign on the dotted line with the North West side keen on signing Smith.


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Renny was part of the Chelsea academy before being snapped up by the Gunners in the 2012-13 season.

Hendrie will join Smith in the Burnley Development Squad this season and the former England Under 17's international expressed his delighted at joining the club.

Derby County let the 20-year-old go at the end of June, seeing his two year stay with the Rams come to an end.

On signing at Turf Moor, the former Derby and Manchester United academy man said: "I'm happy it’s all done. It’s been a strange couple of days but I’m happy to get started and hopefully I can have a good season."

Both of these deals are subject to the completion of paperwork.


It was reported by Sky Sports on Wednesday that Blackburn Rovers had snubbed a second bid by local rivals Burnley for Grant Hanley. The Scotland international joined Blackburn from Rangers at the age of just 16 and has since gone on to make over 150 appearances for the club.

Hanley was named Rovers captain last season and the Ewood Park hierarchy have no intention of selling any of their star assets for anything less than a premium price.

Sean Dyche's first team will travel to Leeds tomorrow as they look to bounce back to the Premier League at the first attempt.

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