New Zealand U-17 international Marley Leuluai says he’s settled in well with English Premier League club Burnley since joining them from Manchester City.
Leuluai (16) has become a regular for Burnley’s U-18 team but has played a few games for the club’s U-21 side, and has trained a couple of times with the first team.
In an interview with Burnley’s media team, Leuluai reveals he’s also been converted from a defender to a midfield role since moving from City.
During the seven-minute interview, Leuluai talks about:
- The role his rugby league star father Kylie Leuluai has played in his career
- His pride in playing for New Zealand
- His hopes for New Zealand at the FIFA U-17 Men’s World Cup in November
Leuluai’s progress at Burnley is attracting attention from pundits.
He was named in the Guardian‘s list called: Next Generation 2023: 20 of the best talents at Premier League clubs.
In the report, Leuluai is described; “He is a clever player, technically impressive, has his father’s driven mindset and is seen as a natural leader, captaining New Zealand at age-group level.”
Players in the United Kingdom can not be signed on professional contracts before their 17th birthday, and he’s currently on a scholarship contract.
Leuluai turns 17 on November 8, 2023.