Oluver McBurnie Swans Swansea City USA
14th July 2016
Oliver McBurnie hopes he has taken a first step towards making his mark at Swansea City this season after netting a stunner in the friendly victory over Charlotte Independence.
McBurnie is yet to appear at senior level since arriving at the Liberty from Bradford City back in January 2015.
But the 20-year-old has fingers crossed that 2016-17 could be the season in which he is given a first-team chance.
McBurnie grabbed his first opportunity to impress Francesco Guidolin in spectacular fashion, firing a 25-yard gem into the top corner of the net to send the Swans on the way to a 4-0 victory over Charlotte.
"The goal was definitely a rare one for me - anyone who knows me knows I am more of an 18-yard box man," he said.
"That sort of goal is not my speciality, but I thought I would try hitting it and luckily it ended up in the top corner.
"But saying that, it's much more about building your fitness at this stage and I feel good after playing 70 minutes.
"Every season I am hopeful about getting a chance. Last season I went out on loan a couple of times and played my fair share of games in the under-21s.
"This season everything's going well and it would be really nice to get even a sniff of a chance in the first team. If I do get the opportunity, it's down to me to take it. Hopefully I can show what I can do."
McBurnie broke into the Bradford first team at the age of just 17, going on to make 20 appearances for the Bantams before the Swans came calling.
He had spells on loan at Newport County and Bristol Rovers last season, memorably scoring a hat-trick on his debut for the Exiles.
Now, with a shortage of attacking options available to Guidolin at this stage, McBurnie is looking to shine in a Swans shirt.
"The gaffer has said to all the young boys that this trip is an opportunity to show what we are about," the Scotland Under-21 man added.
"Andre (Ayew) has only just come back into training so it's good to take my chance. It's nice to get out there and play with the first-team boys because you learn a lot."
McBurnie is likely to get some more action when the Swans round off their stay in America with a game against Richmond Kickers on Saturday.
They will look to bank another win after a dominant triumph over Charlotte in a game which was played in stifling North Carolina heat.
After McBurnie's opener, Wayne Routledge netted two quickfire goals before Kenji Gorre rounded off the scoring late on.
"It's not really about the result in pre-season, it's more about the fitness. But it's nice to get a win because it gives the boys a bit of confidence," McBurnie said.
"I thought we played some good stuff. Obviously the conditions were testing to say the least, but I think the boys did really well.
"It's not just the heat, it's the humidity. You are really struggling out there, but I guess when you do it out here it will be easier when we get back to the cold back home. Everyone looks really fit and it's a good start for us."