Rotherham United prospect Burnett keen to keep impressing after shining against Arsenal
Scarborough’s Alfie Burnett is keen to keep impressing after shining in Rotherham United Under-18s’ FA Youth Cup clash against Arsenal.
Burnett’s side lost the cup tie 2-1, but received plaudits for their performance against the heavily fancied Gunners at the New York Stadium.
“The game against Arsenal was an amazing experience, at the New York stadium with the first team watching and the first team manager was great,” said Burnett.
“I played well, keeping us in the game. I stuck to our game plan and it worked well.
“My kicking and my positioning was good too as I didn’t concede until late which was an amazing feeling as people thought it would be a whitewash and they would have scored lots of goals.
“The boys were great and I played my part too, it was good to get great feedback from the first team manager Paul Warne, who came into our changing rooms at the end of the game and said how well I did and how good my distribution was and how good my passion and my leadership was too.”
Burnett is loving life with the Millers after joining them following his departure from former club Leeds United.
He added: “I’ve found it amazing being here, but I’ve also found it very hard with training and the demands set on you everyday.
“The standards you have to meet everyday and keeping on top of your game is hard, but it pushes you to be the best you can be.”
The young keeper has been given the experience of training with the club’s first team, who play in the Championship, also turning out for them in pre-season too - something Burnett believes can only be beneficial to him.
He added: “I trained with the first team for three weeks during pre-season and played one game for them and lots of in-house games.
“This was an amazing experience training with Championship players every day.
“It helped me a lot technically and physically as their intensity is so high. I was made welcome and loved it.
“I was also on the bench for the first team against Bradford which was another great moment for me.”
Burnett now wants to try and train with the first team again and nail down the number one spot in the Under-18s going forward.
The former St Augustine’s School pupil added: “My hopes are to be back with the first team soon as I’m fully fit.
“I feel good in my self and my abilities, as shown in the Arsenal game I’m coming on massively and I want to keep the number one shirt for the Under-18s playing week in, week out.
“Eventually at the end of my two year contract I want to be offered a professional deal so that’s what I’m working for every day.”