Swansea City Oli McBurnie Holland tour
24th July 2015
Oli McBurnie believes his first-team experience at both Bradford and Chester will only benefit him ahead of his first season at Swansea City.
The 19-year-old arrived at the Liberty Stadium a fortnight ago, with the 6' 2" striker penning a three-year deal after leaving League One side Bradford.
During his four years at Valley Parade the Scotland Under-19 international made over 20 appearances for the Bantams' first-team, while he also scored five goals in 14 games during a loan spell at Conference side Chester last season.
And McBurnie - who is currently with the Under-21 squad on a three-game tour of Holland - is hoping he can draw on that experience ahead of a debut season with the development squad in SA1.
"It's a massively different environment when you're playing in the first team," he said. "There was no Under-21 setup at Bradford so I went straight from the youth team to the first team.
"There are players there playing for their livelihoods and supporting their families and it is a huge learning curve.
"But my loan at Chester was the first time that I'd played week in week out at that level for 14 games and that has benefited me coming into the Under-21 squad here at Swansea."
The Under-21s kicked off their Dutch trip with a 2-1 victory over Den Haag on Tuesday before a 1-1 draw against Rijnsburgse Boys on Thursday.
And ahead of Friday's final match against FC Laakkwartier, McBurnie revealed the trip has been a big success.
"Ever since I got here the boys have been really good with me and integrated me into the group very well," he said. "There's no egos in this team and I feel like one of the boys already.
"The weather has been nice here and its great to get away as a squad and build that team spirit.
"It brings people together and it will ultimately help us on the pitch. If we have a good team chemistry then I'm sure we'll have a good season."
- Pep's plea to keep expectations real
- Watch Swans tour initiations
- Calling all #GlobalSwans
- HIGHLIGHTS: Swans 2 1860 Munich 1