Jets set to sign Northern Irish international


Jets set to sign Northern Irish international

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Burns is contracted to Scottish Premier League club Hearts and is expected to join the Jets on loan.

The 19-year-old left fullback was on the Northern Ireland bench but not used in a1-0 win over Luxembourg on Friday night.

He then led the under-21s to a 1-all draw with Finland in a 2020-21 European Championship qualifier on Wednesday.

The Newcastle Herald understands that the loan has been agreed to by Hearts and there are only a few minor deals to finalise.

A natural left footer, Burns has played 13 games in the Scottish Premier League.

He would be the third foreigner the Jets have recruited, after former Premier League star and Irishman Wes Hoolahan and Panamanian international Abdiel Arroyo.

Burns is at the opposite end of his career to the experienced Hoolahan and looms as a like-for-like replacement for Ivan Vujica, who has joined new A-League club Western United.

Johnny Koutroumbis and Jason Hoffman have been used at left back during the pre-season.

Koutroumbis is more comfortable on the right or in a central role and Hoffman has played predominantly in attack.

Burns can also be pushed further forward and played at left-stopper against Finland.

Signed by Hearts, who boast Australians Oliver Bozanic and Ben Garrucio, on a three-year deal in 2018, he was loaned out to Livingston and made eight appearances in the Scottish Premier League including a scoreless draw with a Tommy Rogic-led Celtic. He returned to Hearts in January and scored one goal in five appearances but has not featured in the opening five games of the 2019-20 season.

If, as expected, the loan deal with the Jets is finalised, Burns could be here within a fortnight.


https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/6379988/a-league-jets-set-to-sign-irish-teenage-star/?cs=7580

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Underwhelming signing even if he is in the Northern Irish NT.

If he can't crack the Hearts starting XI, then he probably will be a below average HAL player. 
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I’ve haven’t seen so many clubs sign players from the UK this season.
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Not sure a 19 year old bench player for hearts is what we should we using our visa spots on. Strange one.
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Barca4Life - 11 Sep 2019 9:00 PM
I’ve haven’t seen so many clubs sign players from the UK this season.

Well, I guess now that the owners have control, they are really splashing out on top quality signings...
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Never seen him play, but don't see the big problem. He's 19 remember and in the NT setup - seems like it could be decent outside-of-the-box thinking. Pretty rare on our behalf. Maybe I'm just relieved as it looked like we were gonna go into the season with Lachlan Jackson at LB.
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sub007 - 11 Sep 2019 8:41 PM
Underwhelming signing even if he is in the Northern Irish NT.

If he can't crack the Hearts starting XI, then he probably will be a below average HAL player. 

They're currently on the top of their Euro qualifying group that contains Germany & Netherlands. 
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ErogenousZone - 12 Sep 2019 8:49 AM
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They're currently on the top of their Euro qualifying group that contains Germany & Netherlands. 

They have played 5 matches. 4 of those were against Estonia and Belarus, two sides I think the Socceroos would easily beat.

This guy didn’t play in any of those matches.
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He would obviously have been deemed good enough to be a starter at LB. It's not hard, LB is the weakest position for nearly every HAL club. If he's played SPL then he'd be ahead of any Aussie youth international LB who would only have played NPL.

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kaufusi - 12 Sep 2019 11:34 AM
He would obviously have been deemed good enough to be a starter at LB. It's not hard, LB is the weakest position for nearly every HAL club. If he's played SPL then he'd be ahead of any Aussie youth international LB who would only have played NPL.

Gersbach, OToole and Vidjia all played A league 
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