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Rumour Mill-Johnson on Trial?

According to Skysports.com, Burnley are understood to have invited non-league 20-year-old winger Marvin Johnson to Turf Moor on trial.

Johnson currently plays for Northern Premier League First Division South side Romulus FC.

He is catching the eye of a number of clubs in the Football League including Nottingham Forest, Watford, Cardiff, Bristol City, Peterborough, Colchester, Bury and Bradford but it is thought that the Clarets could steal a march on their rivals by taking Johnson on a trial period at Turf Moor.

Although a winger, he is also currently the top scorer in the Northern Premier League with 16 goals so far this season.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday December 5 2011

Time: 4:57PM

Your Comments

Wow! (NOT!)
turfmanphil
He could be a superstar in waiting TMP - We dont know!
claretdale
Maybe but I know I would rather have a proven star now that might ensure our promotion sooner rather than later! All I can see at the moment is losing another key player or two in the Jan window just so we can buy some cheaper versions,unproven from the lower leagues (or even non-league)! This too when we are just five points off the play-offs. It's typical Burnley everything done on the cheap whilst trying to con the fans all will be well in the future. A future which very rarely comes. Time we siezed the initiative and became a club for TODAY!
turfmanphil
Signed from non-league at the same (or a later) age: Ian Wright, Les Ferdinand, and a certain Charlie Austin. (Not to mention our very own Marvin!) I think this is alright: if he's up to scratch, he'll cost nowt and be on a cheap, cheap wage. I know what you mean about a proven star, TMP, bu how much do they cost, and who did you have in mind? We can also sell him on if he's good enough, whereas - as under Ternent - the signing of proven players created no income whatsoever.
whentheballmoves
Jack Cork? You have to be ambitious to pay for proven quality What will Cork be worth to Saints next season playing in the Prem?
turfmanphil
You need to forget Jack Cork - If he is on £22K a week that is out of our range. Not a lot more that can be said.
claretdale
It's out of our range only because this club lacks ambition and can't see further than it's own salary cap!
turfmanphil
Could be a good player but do we need more wingers, strikers? central midfield and defence is where we need cover for.
8clarets8
Are there really no defenders out there to spark our interest, experienced or not? Preferably the former.
cornwallclaret
We are hardly likely to say we are in talks with Newcastle over the signing of Alan Smith and tracking Owen Hargreaves at City whilst Anelka is also looking for games and if Jay goes we could move swiftly for the out of favour Anelka. ffs, the moment we declare publicly an interest in a big name we will be doomed, I believe behind the scenes a lot of work is ongoing to find players and we will rightly be mushrooms until a big good news announcement is a certainty. We should learn from the Laws fiasco of saying too much publicly and then forever regretting mentioning accountants. Agree totally with Dale, re Cork £22k its never going to happen and would just push up everyones wages including firstly our strikers.
VinRogue
I agree with VinRogue about not going public until it's a done deal, but with the current affinity for strikers and wingers, it would no doubt help ease the nerves of many supporters to know that we are in the market for a defender. Surely we won't see another transfer window pass without signing one or two?
marjory blenkinsop
I know let's not pay the going rate for the quality of player we need (not even an outstanding one that wanted to play for us) but instead reduce the salary cap to a ridiculously low level and entice average players from lower leagues unproven at this level.Recipe for disaster. The club could easily have got Cork had they had the financial balls to do so and then stand up to the other players of lower quality trying to demand more. We are the losers and always will be until this club shows more ambition and has the courage to go the extra mile. Cork could be a potential England player, a future star worth a great deal of money far more than the cost of paying his salary now, but we have let him slip through our fingers
turfmanphil
How about this one?:http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11095/7356191/?
YorkshireClaret
Burnley have handed 22-year-old Valerenga midfielder Adnan Haiadar a trial at Turf Moor as they weigh up a move for the Norwegian! Skol!!!!!
turfmanphil
TMP. I share your frustration about players wages but I would prefer to have a football team in mid table mediocrity than try to buy success for one year and have no football club the following year. You need look no further than Saturdays opponents, Pompey, to see what can happen. We always have been a club that developes talent then sells them on for a profit.
CanadaClaret
I agree with WTBM need tap the non league & 3rd & 4th in old money for players. As i see it there must be some untapped stars in there just waiting for the chance. we can't play stupid wages as some of the other clubs coz if we do we'll go bust trying to get up, you just have to look at Bradford how things can go so wrong not that long ago they were on the prem now look where they are just above the dropzone into non league. as a club we have been there & don't want to be there again.
ruane
Yes, CC but you can also look at many other clubs who have spent nowhere near as much as Pompey did but have showed far more ambition that Burnley and survived successfully! Until someone tries a new approach, and this bunch of amateurs never will, we are going to be forever 'ickle Burnley punching above our weight and failing dismally whilst losing to the likes of Pompey, Saints and Leeds! I just hope this Hoos chap shakes em all up, I really do! I am sick,sick, SICK of all the tired excuses! Worldwide recession, banks wont loan, interest rates, nobody interested in Burnley, we have to sell players, all north west clubs are struggling, all clubs are better than Burnley, yadda,tadda,yadda! I would welcome change with open arms and enjoy whatever roller coaster ride that turns up. Anything is better than this nonsense season-after-season and until you try you will never find out. Whats the worst that can happen? Administration? Name me one club at this level that has not survived the ordeal and come back stronger? Please nobody tell me Burnley is the only club out of 92 that nobody would be interested in rescuing in the unlikely event the worst happens for having more financial balls, because I simply don't believe it
turfmanphil
Looks like he's back for a second look
Totally_Claret
 

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