Harry Limb says he has Wisbech Town to thank for his move to Premier League Burnley.
The 17-year-old netted 22 times for the UCL Premier Fenmen this season before catching the eye of the Clarets and signing an 18-month deal.
“If I wasn’t playing men’s football then I don’t know if I would have had the experience to have done what I did on trial,” said Limb.
“Wisbech gave me the opportunity to play regular football and that helped me improve.
After trials at Swansea City and Peterborough United, Limb was invited to show Burnley what he had to offer by their head of recruitment Nicky Law, who is friends with Fenmen boss Dick Creasey.
And Limb got off to a fantastic start in his new surroundings, scoring twice as the under 23s left Derby County with a 5-0 win.
“I was delighted to get the goals, but a bit relieved as well,” Limb added.
“The move happened so fast. I had a couple of days to think about it, but when a Premier League side wants you then you don’t really have to think a lot about it.
“It would be great if Burnley can stay in the Premier League and one day I can make my debut for them,” he added.
“They’re a Premier League club, but they don’t have a massive amount of players like some other teams, so I won’t get lost in the academy.
“That’s one of the things that made me want to sign.”
Limb will complete his A Levels at Boston Grammar School, linking up with his new teammates when possible before moving to the north west to concentrate on full-time football next season.
But in the meantime he says his friends and family are keeping him grounded.
“At school it’s just the same, I’ve got good mates who treat me normally,” he added.
“Some of my teachers are now just as interested about my life outside of school as they are in it, but the headteacher and everyone have been really supportive.”