Masara who missed the start of the season through injury, was rewarded for his finish to the campaign with Burnley’s under-21 side.

Initially, Masara who played for the U-18s was elevated to the U-21s where he made 26 appearances showing his potential, resulting in the recent gong.

The Zimbabwean rising forward who turned 17 in April, was on fire in March, scoring six goals in four matches including a second half hat trick when they played away to Crewe Alexandra.

In reaction, Masara who was presented his award by the Burnley Chairman Alan Pace when the senior team played Newcastle United during a Premier League match on Saturday said:

“I would like to thank god as I’ve had some tough moments battling with a few injuries since I’ve been at Burnley, but I’ve always managed to overcome them and come back better and stronger.

“It’s a really proud moment for me and my family and a bit of a relief moment, too, proving that my hard work is paying off.

“I am very appreciative to the coaches that have helped me progress and given me a platform to improve over the years and I really look forward to seeing what the future holds.”

Born in the UK to Zimbabwean parents, Anyway Masara and Lizzie Chitsiga, Vernon joined Burnley’s developmental side aged eight.

He is eligible to play for the Zimbabwe senior national team.

- Nehanda Radio