Home, sweet home for Melton Mowbray footballers Oliver Burke and George Thomson
It has been an exciting couple of weeks for two of Melton’s professional footballers.
Burke has joined Sheffield United following a frustrating period at West Bromwich Albion while, on Tuesday night, Thomson was part of the Harrogate Town squad which booked their place in the FA Trophy final.
“My main goal at the minute is really settling down, settling down at Sheffield United,” Burke said.
“It’s such a great club. I’m very blessed to be here.“
Twenty-three-year-old winger Burke, a Scotland international, began his career at Nottingham Forest before moving to Bundesliga side RB Leipzig.
He joined West Brom in 2017 but only made 20 first-team appearances, spending time on loan at Scottish premiership Celtic and Spanish outfit Alaves.
But following his move to the Blades earlier this month, where he signed a three-year contract, Burke is ready to lay down some roots.
“Hopefully, I can call this place home and play here for many years now because I’m sick of packing my bags and moving everywhere,” he said at a recent press conference.
“I’m living out of a suitcase at the moment, but hopefully this is a place I can call home and really settle down.”
Thomson, meanwhile, was part of the Town side which won 1-0 at Notts County to book their place at Wembley for the FA Trophy final this week.
The competition is still being completed from last season, hence the reason Town, now a League Two side, are taking part.
The 28-year-old is no stranger to Wembley, having netted the opening goal of the game as Harrogate beat County 3-1 in the National League play-off final at the famous stadium back in August.
Harrogate will meet Concord Rangers in the final.
A date for the clash is yet to be confirmed.
Town currently sit third in the League Two table after the opening two rounds of matches.
Thomson featured in both contests, a 4-0 opening day win at Southend United and a 2-2 draw against Walsall, played at Doncaster Rovers’ Keepmoat Stadium while Town have a new playing surface put in place.