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Full of Easton Promise but for Accies?

Full of Easton Promise but for Accies?

Hamilton Academicals manager Billy Reid wants to keep Burnley on-loan defender Brian Easton beyond the end of the season according to BBC Sport.

'Would we like him to come back here next season? You bet we would,' Reid told BBC Scotland.

Brian Easton was actually signed from Hamilton Academicals by Owen Coyle for an initial fee of £350,000 plus add-ons in July 2009 on a three-year deal.

The 22 year old Scotland Under 21 international left back though failed to establish himself in the Clarets first team this season and made just one starting eleven appearance in the Carling Cup game at Hartlepool back in August 2009. Four unused substitute appearances followed before new manager, Brian Laws decided to send the player out on loan back to his former club.

He therefore rejoined the Accies in January 2010 on loan until the end of the season.

Easton had dropped down the pecking order for the Clarets, especially when Danny Fox was signed in the January transfer window. He found himself behind Kalvenes, Jordan and Fox so a loan move was the sensible option.

With the Clarets looking likely to be relegated back to the Championship this season, Clarets fans will be wondering if Easton still has a future with the club. Kalvenes has since left returning to his native Norway where he may retire from football altogether. That leaves both Jordan who will be out of contract in the summer and Danny Fox.

Jordan has been linked with a move to Bolton and Fox may well feel he should be playing at a higher level than the Championship. Until therefore we know their fate, it is difficult to predict what chance Easton has of breaking through into the first team and making a name for himself.

It would appear though that the Accies are ready to pounce if there is any doubt that Easton would get enough opportunity playing for the Clarets next season.

Easton is currently injured with a knee problem and there is some concern that he may be sidelined for the rest of this season.

'We sent him for a scan yesterday and will wait for the results,' Reid said.

'I think he will certainly miss Saturday's game against Falkirk. I'm hoping it isn't any longer, but I think for Brian it could be 'season over'.'

Easton looks likely therefore to be returning to Turf Moor soon before his future is decided in the summer.

I do hope Easton can make the grade with the Clarets otherwise it will be yet another black mark against Coyle for bringing in players that in the end have contributed little or nothing to our first season in the Premier League. This would be clearly money that in hindsight would have been better spent on players that could have done a job this season to increase our survival chances.

Only if Easton comes on next season and makes the left back spot his own will the investment in him have been justified.

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Date:Thursday April 22 2010
Time: 5:22PM


I know it's with the benefit of hindsight but Coyle really has a lot to answer for after spending the limited cash we had available on players that have contributed nothing this season. Surely this money would have been better put towards a couple of midfielders with proven Prem experience. Easton,Eckersley, Edgar, Guerrero, van der Schaaf, Penny! What a bloody waste!
22/04/2010 17:28:00
Agree Tmp, but these players were signed by coyle for the future or so we were told and another point how can Laws decide how good they are after three months in charge, and the two signings Laws have brought in dosen't fill me with confidence. This takes me to my next point we keep Laws he builds his squad and gets the boot before chrimbo as a lot of Vital fans are saying and the new manager is left with Laws players! and by the way Tmp I think we know where the premiership money is going could it be the new Cricket field stand.
23/04/2010 09:38:00
Yeah I was astonished when I read the LT article. "BURNLEY expect to complete the first phase of their ground redevelopment next summer, whether the Clarets stay in the Premier League this season or not. Chief executive Paul Fletcher wants demolition of the David Fishwick (Cricket Field) Stand to start in around 12 months’ time, in the hope that it will be ready in time for the beginning of the 2011/12 campaign. The £15million project is £5m more than the cost predicted when plans for the Turf Moor redevelopment were first unveiled almost three years ago, while the upgrades as a whole are now expected to amount to more than the £20m originally proposed. But, once completed, Fletcher anticipates the StadiArena facility, which will replace the current David Fishwick Stand and incorporate a 60-bedroom hotel, a 450-seater banqueting suite and a 35,000 square foot exhibition hall, to make the club an annual profit of at least £1m. ..." I would think and hope building the squad so we can push for promotion not to mention buying back the Turf/Gawthorpe first would take priority. Superb facilities in League 1 would be a bit silly!
23/04/2010 09:58:00
23/04/2010 10:02:00
Double amen, I also think we would lose some of the atmosphere from what I have seen of the plans and how it would look.
23/04/2010 10:48:00
I also think they need permission from Burnley Cricket Club before they can do anything.
23/04/2010 11:07:00
Agree with all the above, especially the atmosphere sheclaret. The 'all seating' stadia have taken a lot of the fun out of watching football. I remember the days when you could start watching the match behind the goal and then walk over to the halfway line for a different view if you felt like it. I know it's called progress, but the squad and promotion should take prority, otherwise what's it all about ?
23/04/2010 11:18:00
If only to keep the debate going, I would suggest that the money for ground devlopement will be a mix of bank mortgages, government grants and investments from other businesses. I doubt whether any of that money would be available for squad development. If the development is indeed being done in partnership with other organisations, they may well include the one that holds ownership of the ground, so paying to buy it back may not make sense if all of the detail is known. I also think it's pretty clear, if you do the sums (as TMP and I did in another thread), that the PL money has been spent on other things, and there's nowt of it left for this project. Moreover, if we did one day slide into League One, having an income stream fro a project of this nature might be a lifesaver. Who knows? It would be good if the club would clear all of this up. And doubtless I will now get my headen bitten off!
Couch Potato
23/04/2010 12:12:00
I would have thought that private investment would be the main source of income for a project like this, but noises have been made that the team money might be used. As you say CP , all it takes is for the board to explain where the money is coming from, then we can all bite less heads off.
23/04/2010 13:57:00
I have no problem this going ahead if the investment is coming from elsewhere but if it anyway affects the money available to the manager to build the strongest squad available then its plain wrong with all this preaching about not wanting to go into debt and the like! Our priority has to be entertainment & achievement on the pitch not bricks and mortar
23/04/2010 17:29:00
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