VIDEO: The Burnley youngster with big hopes for New Zealand’s U-17 team

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.

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