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Eddie Wants Naughty Keeper Stewart

Eagle-eyed Clarets fans at yesterday's pre-season friendly against Altrincham may well have spotted a trialist goalkeeper on the bench.

He was in fact former Bournemouth keeper, Jon Stewart.

Although he did not feature in the game it would now appear that Howe is close to signing him and he may well be our first signing of the summer!

It would at least be a start although signing a third-string keeper is hardly exciting news after such a long wait for a new face to arrive at Turf Moor.

Howe though has confirmed that he is hoping to complete a deal for the 22-year-old.

'We know John from our time at Bournemouth,' Howe told the media after the 4-2 pre-season victory over Altrincham.

'He hasn't had a lot of first-team action in terms of professional games but he's someone we really like.

'He would come in with a view to being our number three because I think we need one.'

So what do we know about him?

Stewart started his career as a youth player with Swindon before moving to non-league Weymouth in 2006.He signed for Portsmouth in 2008 and spent two years at Fratton Park without ever making his debut. Bournemouth signed him as their third-choice keeper in 2008. Stewart finally made his Cherries and indeed Football League debut in November 2010 after coming on as a 78th minute substitute in a 2-2 away draw with Leyton Orient.

Bournemouth however terminated his contract with immediate effect in April this year for what the club described as 'a further incident of misconduct'. Stewart was reprimanded by Cherries boss, Lee Bradbury in March for causing damage to a hotel room and being late for training.

He had made five appearances for the club, having been handed a contract in the summer of 2010 by then Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe.

So hopefully Howe knows what he is doing should he go ahead and sign someone who has clearly been a firebrand and a bit of an handful in the past!

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Date:Sunday July 10 2011

Time: 8:49AM

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Oh wow!!
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10/07/2011 08:55:00

Does this mean either Jenson or Grant are going, can we really attract any quality at all these days.
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10/07/2011 09:12:00

So for the sake of completeness that's the consummate professionals that are Grezza and Carlisle out, and hotel wrecking dick head in ......... total inspiring. Now I wonder how Jacks settling in !
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10/07/2011 09:51:00

Am I not right in thinking that Clarke had some troubles earlier in his life?
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10/07/2011 10:10:00

Probably although I believe we signed him after he had put all that behind him a few years previously and was already proving himself for Watford. Still I am up for giving anybody a second chance, but as HC points out it could be a gamble considering Stewart was only misdemeaning in March/April this year. Hardly an inspiring signing though after losing out on Cork and still no quality signings with just 4 weeks to go before season kick-off
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10/07/2011 10:27:00

I'm not sure this guy has the pulling power all of his targets seem to be from his former clubs bottom 2 divisions doesn't fill with me with much hope.
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10/07/2011 11:17:00

Not sure how anybody can be impressed with a keeper with attitude who has played less than a handful of games at lower league level and none in the Championship! Guess we just have to trust Eddie on that one
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10/07/2011 12:14:00

I think Eddie's after a couple of Bournemouth's programme sellers as well, and I understand we've already poached their Bovril maker. Seriously, I'm still hopeful that Eddie will take us back where we belong, we've still got an excellent squad provided injuries don't ruin everything again. And let's see what he does next week.
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10/07/2011 13:18:00

3rd choice keeper, get a grip if we had signed an expensive 3rd choice cover keeper then the knives would have been out, Negativity is rife, Couch is correct Carlisle had major problems in London but via rehab stuff and finding God is who he is today.
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10/07/2011 13:25:00

We need to sign an 'expensive' first team keeper in my opinion unless you are happy with the Jensen/Grant situation. Whats going to happen when one keeper then throws a strop because he cant get in the team and leaves? That leaves the other who could then be prone to injury and suspension. Would you trust a lad, a third-string who has had about five games at lower league level to step up to the Championship mark? If money is so tight why are we even entertaining bringing in a third-string?I would rather have a smaller squad with higher quality players a la Cork than a load of development players and those on the fringe. It is crucial we get promoted by 2013 and we should be going for it now, not laying back and hoping for miracles to happen by spending bugger all!! [Edited by turfmanphil]
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10/07/2011 14:30:00

Now up on Bfc official site that Jon is indeed being pursued as a 3rd choice keeper. Whatever happens with Jensen and Grant, we do need a third keeper. I'd rather have one who we might turn around, bring on and then sell on for a few bob one day, than some old lag.
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11/07/2011 15:29:00

A small point (pun intended)... I was curious to see the term 'dick head' get past our censors, though I did see that tmp was allowed to say 'bugger' over the weekend when I think he meant 'bigger', and that got past too. The censors are usually so much more careful about language than I am, certainly in my normal speech and sometimes even on here. I treasure the moment I said 'it's *****ing down outside' and it came out as p*****g down. Could I ask the censor who allowed 'dick head' to elucidate on where they think the p*** was coming from?
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11/07/2011 15:35:00

Interesting to note that my first 5-star rating there was auto-censored.
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11/07/2011 15:37:00

hahah jon stewart he let in 3 goals on his debut agaisnt leyton orient he is awfull
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