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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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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday March 4 2010

Time: 9:13PM

Your Comments

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.
turfmanphil
I think this is very good news - If we go down Eck could be an important player for us next year.
Claretdale
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!
turfmanphil
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.
WelshClaret
Not that I think we're going down of course.
WelshClaret
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
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!!
sheclaret
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
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?
8clarets8
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!
turfmanphil
He would have to stay he is under contract now so anybody wanting him would have to fork out more than we have paid you would have thought? I cannot see a Premier club in for him if we have not played him I know one for the future, but I could not see us getting rid of him a lot of money half a million plus add ons! I think we maybe getting above our stations here a bit? I can remember going in for Ian Moore and Robbie Blake and even Peter Crouch for a million and was astounded at the time by the ambition! Crouch did not come here because we would not agree on a sell on fee and we have been given the luxury of spending a few bob this season about 10 million to my reckoning? a lot of millions thrown about by Coyle on young kids (it remains to be seen) if they are any good? rumour has it he made a mistake going to Bolton (tuff ***** lad deal with it) you won't embrace the Burnley fans again ever!!!!
8clarets8
Judging by BL's decision on Guerrero I fully expect our new manager to decide who he wants to stay and then clear out any of the signings the last manager made that were pants! I don't think we will be bringing in players that "might" play for us with the frequency of Susans signings......Of all the problems we face perhaps who will be between the sticks next season is a real problem to solve.
VinRogue
Eck man of match in game against Preston on his Plymouth debut!
turfmanphil
 

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