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All Quiet on the Eastern Front?

Clarets gossip is thin on the ground at the moment which probably has more to do with the fact that the lads are currently out of the country on their Singapore Tour. Today however at 10am UK time they play their first match of their three game tour when they will face Gombak United. Gombak ply their trade in the Singapore S League and are currently in fifth spot.

One player that will definitely play is Tyrone Mears who missed out on the two opening friendlies in the UK against Bury and Oldham due to a slight hamstring injury. Martin Paterson however will remain sidelined due to a tight Achilles picked up in training recently.

Clarets Youth Team Goalkeeping Coach, Craig Mawson (pictured above) who has been drafted into the squad as cover for Brian Jensen might also relish the chance of a run-out. Diego Penny is out injured and didn`t travel to the Far East and Brian Laws has so far been unable to bring in Newcastle keeper, Fraser Forster on a season-long loan. Mawson started his career as a keeper for the Clarets before playing for Halifax Town, Morecambe and Hereford United. The 31 year old currently plays for Hyde United as well as working at Turf Moor. Hyde manager, Neil Tolson has been good enough to release Mawson from his duties despite the fact they had a friendly against Manchester City at the weekend.

The keeper saga behind the scenes continues though with Laws now admitting he may have to look elsewhere after so far failing to bring in Forster from Newcastle. The 22-year-old was lined up for a loan move to Turf Moor but Newcastle boss, Chris Hughton recently told the media:

'If he is going to go out on loan we want him to be playing.

'It`s important he goes somewhere where he is playing football matches and I think that is the same with anyone we let go out on loan this season.

'We want them to be put in a starting position when they go there. If it doesn`t work out and they lose their place, that`s different. That`s down to their form and that`s normal.'

Laws however has indicated that the loan may be on hold because of injuries at St James' Park.

'We understand Newcastle's predicament, he said.

'They can't let Fraser leave until they have assessed that situation; we're waiting to see how that develops"

Meanwhile back at the ranch, defender Kevin Long has completed his trail at MK Dons and is now at Carlisle. The 19-year-old will train with Greg Abbott's side over the next few days and could feature in Friday's friendly against Darlington. Brian Laws is prepared to release the former Cork player on a season-long loan.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday July 20 2010

Time: 8:11AM

Your Comments

Wonder how good Mawson actually is? He's only 31, which surprised me
turfmanphil
There's text updates on the Bfc official site. Thought I'd mention just in case anyone didn't know. (For information on what anyone does or doesn't know, plese refer to the thread 'Couch Potato donates World Cup..' lower down on this front page.) It was 0-0 after 13 mins. Speculation on 'ere that Mears was going to be sitting on benches till he declared his desire to play now needs to be set in the context of him starting.
Couch Potato
2-0 to the Clarets at the hour, with Wallace and Eagles both getting their second pre-season goals and with Eagles's being his second candidate for goal of pre-season. Was Sunderland watching? A note of worry in the updates on the official club site when McCann went down unchallenged and was replaced after two minutes of treatment. Please no, don't let it be a repeat knee injury.
Couch Potato
Thommo makes it 3 in 3 for him. Mawson comes on with about 15 left to play. Did anyone see the advert on this site's home page today about 'make your breasts bigger'? First time I saw it, I read it as 'make your beasts bigger'! But in the heat and humidity he and the rest of the squad will be shedding pounds, if they're not careful. I trust they've taken lots of pies with them.
Couch Potato
5-0 final score. Men and boys? An anxious wait for news of McCann. The 'beast enlargement' advert no longer seems to be on the front page, with an advert for Gatorade now in that spot. Anyone been to Singapore? I spent 2 or 3 days there when I was ambling about in Asia for a few months in about '91 or '92. I found it to be a really friendly place, with loads of really intelligent people interested in discussing just about anything with you, expect maybe local politics. Loads of ships and skyscrapers, of course, even then. But some quite interesting bits of more traditional Chinese culture as well.
Couch Potato
Five Nil, well you have to be happy with that. From the text we seem to be getting more crosses into the box, which I think is only a good thing. Soemtimes we do try and pass the ball into the net. McCann is a worry hopefully its just a precaution.
skutter169
Apparently it was just a precaution taking McCann off after a 'clash of knees', and he could have come back on. Good news there then !
WelshClaret
It is good news about McCann, good move to take him off as a precaution.
skutter169
I've got this feeling that Thommo is going to really shine this season, especially if those crosses keep coming in. Although not particularly impressive last season, I think Eagles is also going to be a big part of the promotion effort, I just hope Laws manages to persuade him to stay. This is going to be a strong squad if everyone stays, and we get Whittingham as well as a surprise signing before the end of August.
WelshClaret
It's just nice to see them hitting the back of the net consistently. I know we havn't hit any top flight teams yet but it's still nice.
AndyHo
 

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