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Rumour Mill-Sticks made from Burch?

The Clarets currently have three keepers on their books, Brian Jensen, Diego Penny and Jonathan Lund. It is perhaps surprising to learn therefore that we could be interested in another one with news that Burnley had Lincoln's keeper, Robert Burch watched last night in their League 2 game against Rotherham at the Don Valley Stadium.

Lincoln City lost 2-0 but the Vital Lincoln editor,Neil Gentleman Hobbs assures us that Burch played well between the sticks making three excellent saves to keep the Imps in the game.

Burnley were apparantly one of four clubs represented at the match last night with Preston North End, Blackburn Rovers and Doncaster Rovers also present and showing an interest.

Rob Burch has a contract at Lincoln up to the end of the season although it is thought he is keen to sign a lucrative extension in the January window.

The 25 year old keeper spent five years at Spurs between 2002-2007 but spent most of that time out on loan. He had loan spells during this time at Woking, Stevenage Borough (2 stints), West Ham, Bristol City and Barnet only making a total of about 15 appearances without ever making his Spurs debut.

Spurs released him from his contract in May 2007 and he signed for Sheffield Wednesday in July of that year. Once more he struggled to make any impact playing just three competetive games for the Owls before signing for Lincoln City in June 2008 after being released from his contract.

He is now the regular first choice keeper for the Imps and has played well over 65 games for them since his transfer.

Our interest if true does indeed seem strange and could suggest all is not well in the goalkeeping department. It is hard to believe we would want four keepers on our books and with Lund just arriving earlier in the season, more doubts could be cast on Diego Penny. Penny though did play well the last time he featured for the Clarets first team against Wigan at Turf Moor last month when he came on after 15 minutes to replace the injured Jensen. He had earlier that month also saved a retaken penalty twice in a reserve game against Manchester City and was given great plaudits by Steve Davis for his impressive performance.

Owen Coyle though preferred to play Jensen in the next first team game against Hull despite the Beast having to have an injection to relieve the ankle pain and swelling in his foot. The Beast has kept his place since.

Oh well we shall have to see if there is any truth in this rumour and indeed if we were represented at the Rotherham v Lincoln game whether we were actually watching Burch and not an outfield player from one of the teams.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday November 25 2009

Time: 11:29AM

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Something doesn't ring true about this rumoured interest unless Penny is thinking of returning home due to lack of opportunity. It cant be doing his international career with Peru much good when he's not playing but everything coming out from the club on Penny is generally positive and he still is second choice ahead of Lund [Edited by turfmanphil]
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25/11/2009 11:33:00

Maybe the club are getting wind of offers for Penny that he and his agent want us to accept in the window? I am sure Penny must have ambitions to play more, in whatever country and at some reasonable level. Indeed it would seem strange if Coyle's very loyal selection policy (which worked well for Harry Potts, I believe) didn't give more reserves itchy feet, for example Edgar and Eckersley who both left their former clubs saying they wanted to play more.
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25/11/2009 12:05:00

I hope you weren't looking at one of the Lincoln outfield players
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25/11/2009 12:18:00

This is pure rumour and speculation, but if we are watching keepers then as tmp implies all can not be well. This is cruel but I would love to see Penny given 3 or 4 games as a make or break time. I would be sad if he left without being given a chance in the Prem. If he failed, at least the majority would be proved right. As for The Imps keeper......they should have been at Notts County having a look at Kasper imo or Lonnergan lol
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25/11/2009 13:17:00

They may have been for all we know, if they have decided they want a new keeper, the scouts could be on the look out at these games, some of which you will never hear about
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25/11/2009 16:04:00

I live in Lincolnshire, have mates who support the Imps home and away, spoke to some this afternoon and they rate him at very best a mid table Championship team keeper, no better. I trust their judgement.
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25/11/2009 20:59:00

Well he certainly didn't do much in his early career that's for sure!
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25/11/2009 21:05:00

Lonnergan again being bounded about today it does make you think
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26/11/2009 19:29:00

Good point about Kasper Schmeichel - wonder what will happen if the Notts County bubble bursts. Surely he is too good to be playing at that level ?
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