Clarets teenagers Dwight McNeil and Evie Priestley are shooting for the stars after bursting onto the scene at Turf Moor.

McNeil has enjoyed a stellar 12 months after becoming a Premier League regular for the Clarets and gaining his first England recognition.

And 19-year-old striker Priestley has emerged as a key player for Burnley FC Women who are launching an early bid for a third successive promotion.

Their progress has been recognised by the selection panel at the Ladbrokes North West Football Awards. Both are finalists in the Rising Star category, making it through from the original list of nominees, and will find out at the awards ceremony at Lancashire County Cricket Club on Monday, 11 November whether they have taken the respective prizes.

“I’m amazed to have been nominated for this award, and I’m really honoured to be among such great players,” said Priestley, whose hat-trick against Crewe Alexandra last season clinched the Clarets’ promotion to the FA National League’s Northern Premier Division.

“As a team we have done incredibly well over the past two years and have made a great start in this new league, and I feel privileged to be a part of it.

“I’m very grateful for the nomination and the support I receive, it means a lot.”

McNeil, also 19, earned his nomination on the back of a string of outstanding performances at Premier League level after starting all bar one of the Clarets’ top-flight games in 2019.

And his rise continued by winning his first two England Under-21 caps during the last international break.

“Last season was a really good one for me and it’s started well so far this time around, with England the icing on the cake” said McNeil.

“I’m delighted to be in the running for the award alongside some top young players.”

“I’ve still got lots to improve on and I’m learning every day, so I just want to stay focused on that and help us build on a really good start.”

Clarets midfielder Ashley Westwood had been nominated for Premier League Player of the Year and Burnley FC Women’s Sarah Greenhalgh as Women’s Player of the Year, but both missed out on the final shortlist.

However, Burnley FC in the Community is in the running for two awards as Community Club of the Year and for Community Initiative of the Year for their launch of the Leisure Box project.

Rising Star Finalists

Bolton Wanderers: Harry Brockbank

Burnley: Dwight McNeil

Liverpool: Trent Alexander-Arnold

Manchester United: Mason Greenwood

Rochdale: Luke Matheson

Wigan Athletic: Reece James

Women’s Rising Star Finalists

Burnley FC Women: Evie Priestley

Fylde Ladies: Georgia Stevens

Liverpool FC Women: Amy Rodgers

Manchester City: Georgia Stanway