'He can have a very exciting career'
Graham Potter believes he can help Oli McBurnie fulfil his potential after the striker committed his future to Swansea City.
Scottish international McBurnie recently agreed a new three-year contract – with the option of a fourth year – which will keep him at the Liberty Stadium until at least 2021.
The striker made 12 appearances for the Swans last season before a successful loan spell at Barnsley, where he scored nine times in just 17 Championship appearances and was duly named the Tykes’ player of the season.
Now back in the Swans camp, McBurnie’s next aim is to nail down a regular place in Potter’s plans.
And the Swans boss, appointed at the Liberty in June, is looking forward to helping McBurnie develop in SA1.
“It’s really good news that Oli has signed a new contract,” said Potter. “Oli has made a really positive impression on the staff. I am so impressed with him as a young man.
“Often players say they want to play and it’s not quite as simple as that, but he said he wants to fight for an opportunity to play and that was the attitude I want from my players.
“He is back here after a good loan spell and he’s feeling good.
“I am looking forward to working with Oli and helping him reach his potential.
“The club has invested time in Oli over the years and he’s looking to repay that.
“There was interest in him over the summer but he told me he wants to take the next step in his career here. We feel he can do that.”
McBurnie has been back in training with the Swans for the past fortnight, with the squad preparing for the forthcoming Championship campaign.
He started in the opening pre-season friendly at Yeovil, which the Swans won 2-1, playing the first half before being replaced by Andre Ayew.
And Potter has been pleased with McBurnie’s early contribution.
“He is one of those players who team-mates really appreciate,” added Potter.
“He works really hard and sacrifices himself for the team, and he does the most important thing in football – he scores goals.
“He’s still a young player but we can help him have a very exciting career.”