Jack Errington out for season

03 October 2012 11:18
Burnley's 17-year-old central defender Jack Errington has been ruled out of football for the rest of the season with confirmation that he requires heart surgery.

News surfaced a couple of weeks ago that Jack, who signed a professional deal towards the end of last season, was visiting a heart specialist in London before spending some time back home in Newcastle.

The routine heart screenings carried showed that he has an enlarged aorta. That news meant more tests which have confirmed he will now require an operation to safeguard his future well being.

Last season he deputised for Tom Anderson, who was suffering from glandular fever, alongside Alex Coleman in the centre of defence in the two FA Youth Cup semi-finals and certainly impressed the Burnley fans with his performances in those two games.

Football is not so important for him right now; it's just a matter of him getting through this operation and recouping at home with his family where, I expect, he might, when feeling better, make a few visits to St. James' Park (not the real one in Exeter).

Once fit and well, we can look forward to him returning to Burnley next summer to resume his career.

Right now, I'm sure I can speak on behalf of every supporter and wish Jack, and his family, all the very best over the next few months.

This news really does show the importance of such screenings and heart monitoring and that's why Clarets Mad are pleased to be arranging for the purchase of a new heart monitoring system for use within our youth academy.