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Former Spalding Grammar School pupil Harrison Burrows is cementing his place in Peterborough United's first team squad.

Patience is paying off for former Spalding Grammar School pupil Harrison Burrows who has started to cement his place in Peterborough United’s first team squad.

The 19-year-old – who signed his first professional contract in January 2019 – has started three of the last four League One matches for Posh.

Burrows has started the recent league matches away at Lincoln City and MK Dons as well as the home clash with Rochdale and also appeared as a substitute in Posh’s emphatic victory over Portsmouth last week in the Papa John’s Trophy.

Harrison Burrows. Photo: Dan Allen (43985075)
Harrison Burrows. Photo: Dan Allen (43985075)

He earned his first team call after a string of impressive performances for the club’s Under 23 team and was delighted to get his chance.

Burrows - speaking to the club's official website - said: “I’ve had to use the Under 23 games as a chance to make myself the best player that I can.

“You’ve got to give 100 per cent in any game that you play. The gaffer has told me to stay patient and, when I do get my chance, then I have to perform.

“It’s really good competition at the club so I’ve got to try my hardest now to stay in the squad.”

Burrows joined Posh’s Academy as a six-year-old after being part of a development centre at the club.

He featured in pre-season nine years later for the first team as a 15-year-old in their friendly against Ipswich Town.

And, after signing his professional contract, the winger made his competitive debut in the EFL Cup last year against Oxford United.

He has been deployed in the wing-back role since getting his first team chance and has thrived in recent games.

Burrows added: “I enjoy playing as a wing-back and I’ve learned more about the position each time that I play it.

“My crossing has improved because it is an area of my game which I have worked on.

“You’ve got be versatile in the position whether you’re dropping deep or going long.

“I do like the role and I’ve been focussing on the movements in training.

“I’m still learning in the role but all I can do is improve and work on myself in that position.

“There is a lot of running involved, going up and down. You’ve got to get on the end of crosses and then slot back in and defend at the other end.

“I like both those sides of the game and it’s a position that I enjoy playing.”

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