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SIGNING: Ex Burnley and Wales U19’s forward Jamie Thomas joins Gate.

2 weeks ago By Mark Ashmore

The 21 year old joined up with Andy Clarkson’s men at training on Thursday night and goes straight into Saturday’s squad.

A Blackpool resident, Jamie has been a long term target of Andy Clarkson. Jamie was released by Burnley where he’d spent two years.

Starting his playing career at Blackpool FC’s academy, Jamie spent 8 years before transferring to Bolton Wanderers completing a two year scholarship. In the time he scored 17 goals then 15 the year after in the Under 18’s. After completing his scholarship he was rewarded with another year deal in May 2015. Jamie featured for the first team as an unused sub in the championship against Cardiff City and Hull City. He was released from Bolton at the end of the 2015-16 season when Bolton were relegated.

Newly promoted Burnley picked up the forward signing him to a two year deal for their development squad in the club’s first season in the Premier League. During his time at Burnley he spent a short period on loan at Ayr United but that loan was cut short as his game time would be limited.

In August 2014 Jamie received a call up to Wales Under 19's. He made his debut against Montenegro scoring in a 3-1 win. Jamie made a total of 8 appearances for Wales scoring four goals.

Jamie joins up with the squad for today's home game against Northwich Victoria and we wish him the best of luck in Gate colours.

On finally getting his man, Andy Clarkson said: "I’m delighted to have the signature of Jamie Thomas , personally for Jamie it gives him a platform to get back into the game at pro standard and for Squires Gate we are hoping he can help us score a few goals and get us further up the league table"

Where next?

PROGRAMME: Saturday's programme available online You can now catch up on Saturday's match programme online.
MATCH PREVIEW: Squires Gate v Northwich Victoria Gate are back at The Brian Addison Stadium this Saturday, read our preview of the game here...

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