Everywhere Scott Twine has been in his career, he has made a name for himself and has created a legacy at the football club.
Whether it be at Swindon Town or Newport County, Twine has become a fan favourite and in years to come, those fans will remember that he was at their club. He has now joined Vincent Kompany’s new-look Burnley side after a stellar season in League One with MK Dons. But who is Scott Twine and what could the future hold for the 22-year-old?
Twine began his career with Royal Wootton Bassett Town and he progressed through the age ranks there. However, not long after that, he joined Southampton’s academy. The versatile attacker always stood out with his dribbling and his eye for a pass in particular; that only improved from then. After a spell with the Saints, Twine joined his local club, Swindon, and he made an instant impression at the County Ground. He progressed through the youth ranks there and he made his senior debut for Swindon’s first-team against Charlton Athletic in 2017.
Loan spells to clubs followed with the likes of Chippenham Town, twice, and Waterford in Ireland. Understandably, as with the case with the majority of players, loan moves are the key turning points with regular first-team football coming to a player. Following his spell with Chippenham Town, Twine joined Newport in 2020; this is where his incredible rise started. He shone under Michael Flynn and clubs began to take note of this potential superstar.
In an interview with Sky Sports, Twine explains how crucial that loan spell to Newport County was:
‘That loan move was a turning point in my career. It was the first time I really got given a decent chance and I thanked the Newport manager at the time, Michael Flynn, for that. He gave me so much confidence. He let me go out there and express myself and thankfully I showed what I could do there.’
However, his loan in South Wales was cut short in January due to his parent club, Swindon, struggling and reinforcements were needed to keep them in the third tier. The Robins didn’t have enough to stay up and they were subsequently relegated to League Two. Twine though was named Newport County’s Young Player of the Season despite only being there for half a season.
Swindon was unable to keep hold of their star asset and in June 2021, Twine joined League One side MK Dons for a six-figure fee. Under Russell Martin and then Liam Manning, the new signing made an instant impression at Stadium MK and he was their star player as The Dons played a very attractive style of play. Twine was named League One Player of the Month for November after several goal contributions in a handful of games.
The now Burnley attacker was essential to MK Dons’ promotion push and on the last day of the season, Twine was the star man as he scored four goals against Plymouth Argyle which emphasised his incredible potential. Unfortunately, MK Dons were unable to get promoted via the play-offs and that simultaneously generated interest from elsewhere from the Championship in particular. Twine got 20 goals and 13 assists in 47 League One games and he was named the League One Player of the Season as well as Young Player of the Year and Player of the Year at the club.
MK Dons knew that they would struggle to keep hold of Twine and they were correct as newly-relegated Championship side Burnley came calling for his signature. The Lancashire-based side paid in excess of £4m for Twine, who is set to play a key role in Burnley hoping to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking next season. During Sean Dyche’s reign at Turf Moor, this type of signing was very rare but now under Kompany, the club are going for a different approach.
Following his arrival at Burnley, Twine is very excited about the new challenge ahead:
‘I’m buzzing. Some tough decisions have been made, but I’ve definitely made the right choice. I’ve got a huge smile on my face. I’m over the moon to be here and I can’t wait to get going now. I would say I’m a risk-taker, I like to create chances and make things happen. So, as well as scoring goals and assisting my teammates, I’ll be looking to bring them attributes with me too.’
Twine can go to the very top. He has put up high goalscoring numbers and his spell at MK Dons showed how good he is at an early stage in his career. His move to Burnley should make him better as a player and it will not be long before Twine could be lining up for a Premier League side. But what do you think the future holds for Twine and could he make it to the very top?