A skilful left winger, Duke-McKenna was born in Liverpool and is eligible
to play for Guyana, Holland and Republic of Ireland, as well as England.
Duke-McKenna signed scholarship forms with Everton in 2016 and became
a regular for the Under-18s. The following season, he started most of
the Under-18s games but did not graduate to the Under-23s or play any
games in Premier League 2.
So it was rather surprising that Duke-McKenna was made part of the
Everton first-team squad for the Europa League dead rubber against
Apollon Limassol in Nicosia, sitting the game out on the subs bench.
More surprisingly after that seemingly important rookie ritual, he was
one of 8 players at U-18 level who would be released by Everton at the
end of the season.
Back in March 2018, he had appeared as a trialist for Burnley in
their Under-23s side tht suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to Hull City.
While Duke-McKenna's exit was not formally announced until May, it is
not uncommon for the club to sanction trial spells for academy players
in the Spring – giving them an extended period in which to secure new
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