Burns to fill the void left by Lin­coln’s exit

MK Dons keeper im­pressed in first per­for­mance for United

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - by Jake Evans tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

HAYES & Yead­ing man­ager Garry Hay­lock be­lieves goal­keeper Char­lie Burns can fill the void left by Dan Lin­coln af­ter his promis­ing de­but against Hemel Hemp­stead.

United of­fered Lin­coln a con­tract ex­ten­sion that would have made him the high­est paid player at the Na­tional League South side, but he re­jected the deal and is ex­pected to join a divi­sion ri­val.

Burns was signed as his re­place­ment on loan from League One MK Dons in Jan­uary and the 20-year-old made some ex­cel­lent saves dur­ing his first start for the club, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

That in­cred­i­bly re­mains the only fix­ture the club have played since De­cem­ber of last year due to wet weather as Satur­day’s game with Weald­stone be­came the lat­est vic­tim of the rain.

Hay­lock re­vealed how the club had been weigh­ing up a num­ber of op­tions but they had opted for Burns on the ad­vice of Dons’ as­sis­tant man­ager Richie Barker.

He said: “I know Richie Barker well and made quite a lot of con­tacts, hav­ing worked in the foot­ball league the past few years.

“I al­ways knew I wanted to go back into man­age­ment and that they would come in handy.”

The Hayes & Yead­ing boss ad­mit­ted he would be will­ing to look at ex­tend­ing the loan un­til the end of the cur­rent sea­son if Burns per­forms well in the next few fix­tures.

He added: “He made two or three great saves. He’s re­ally young so I am a bit wary about his kick­ing, but he looks a very good player. He came in for a trial and at the mo­ment it looks like a re­ally good deal. On the whole it looks like a de­cent move and fi­nan­cially it is a much bet­ter op­tion for us.

“On his first per­for­mance you would have to say yes we are look­ing at ex­tend­ing his loan, but he might be aw­ful for the next three matches.

“You can’t judge th­ese things af­ter one game so we will have to see how it goes, but we do have other op­tions and the chances are so will he.

“MK Dons will look at it from their point of view as well, whether they need to re­call him, so it is de­pen­dent on the cir­cum­stances for each party.”

Mean­while, United have added to their ranks again this week with the ver­sa­tile Jor­daan Brown sign­ing upon his re­turn from play­ing in Nor­way.

n CON­TACTS: Garry Hay­lock

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