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One Eck of a Pilgrimage!

One Eck of a Pilgrimage!

The Clarets were ordered to pay Manchester United £500,000 plus add-ons for 20-year-old right back, Richard Eckersley following a recent FA tribunal verdict.

Just a few days later after the club described this as a satisfactory outcome, Eckersley looks set to now be travelling down to Devon for a month to play for struggling Championship side, Plymouth Argyle.

The deal is expected to be concluded tomorrow (Friday 5th March)and he could be making his debut for the Pilgrims against Preston this Saturday.

'Now everything is sorted out it's important that Richard plays some games,' Brian Laws told the official website.

'He will get that down there and we will keep a close eye on him and hopefully he will come back strong for the end of the season.'

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Date:Thursday March 4 2010
Time: 9:13PM


Not an unexpected move and let's face it, with Mears there and Duff and Alexander able to cover at right back, Eckersley would have struggled to get games so this seems a sensible move.
04/03/2010 21:16:00
I think this is very good news - If we go down Eck could be an important player for us next year.
04/03/2010 21:16:00
Well if he's prepared to play in the Championship next season that is! At least he will now get a taste of what it's like!
04/03/2010 21:58:00
Eckersley, Rodriguez and all the other youngsters will be important be it next year or the year after etc. I think most of the youngsters will stay even if we go down simply because they haven't had the opportunity to impress other clubs yet. If we go down it'll be interesting to see what offers come in once they do start to impress , and whether or not we'll sell them.
04/03/2010 23:42:00
Not that I think we're going down of course.
04/03/2010 23:50:00
It does rather sound as though Eck wasn't being given more limelight because of the legal battle. Edg started playing once his was over. Eck now at least gets a chance out on loan. It's obviously (almost dangerously) unfashionable to give Brian Laws any credit at the moment, but I do think he is at least going about things in a more business-like manner than his over-excitable and administratively-challenged predecessor. Even if results went against him, and he didn't last the course, his successor would inherit less problems. There is of course plenty still to be done. But I would lean towards the view that rather more of the squad will stay with us if we go down, than if we stay up! And I agree with WelshClaret on that matter. We are staying up!
Couch Potato
05/03/2010 09:25:00
I hope you are right Welsh and Couch. I have tried to apply the power of positive thinking all season, I don't think its worked very well so far, but the main aim of my positive thinking is to stay in the premier league. I will admit since Saturday its been a bit negative. If we put in a good performance against the gunners, I am sure that will change!!
05/03/2010 09:52:00
About this time last year, like Eck, I went to Plymouth. Lovely day in the sun. And we won. But even despite that, I don't think anyone on the train afterwards saw us where we are today. Some loose talk of the play-offs perhaps. But not promotion. So... looking at now from then: life's great! If we stay up, it's great. If we go down, it's nothing like so great; but I really do struggle to get my head round, either logically or emotionally, how it would be less great than it was a year ago.
Couch Potato
05/03/2010 10:17:00
I wonder if he is regretting his move to Burnley now? he came thinking he would have more chance of first team football he played more for United than us and they didn't want him to go, makes you think?
05/03/2010 20:44:00
I just wonder what his thoughts will be if god forbid we are back in the Championship! We will have to hope he will stay because I cant see us recouping the £500,000 plus add-ons should he wan't to go!
05/03/2010 21:55:00
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