Date:Saturday February 17 2007
If you believe the article by Sky Sports recently, you would have to say that Marc Pugh is looking like hot property at the moment.
Marc played a number of matches for the Clarets youth and reserve teams last season and was on the fringe of possibly making it to the first team being named on the bench three times last season in our two Carling Cup matches against Carlisle and Aston Villa plus our League match away to Wolves.
Many Clarets fans thought that the striker could well be the next Nugent and a potential star of the future.
It was perhaps surprising therefore that he was one of several youth players who did not make it last summer being released by the club.
Chris Casper, manager at Bury (son of Clarets legend Frank Casper) offered the player a contract in the Summer of 2006 and he seems to have had a very good season for the Shakers but a season which now seems to be ending in bitterness.
Casper has spoken of his disappointment on the Official Bury FC site after Pugh turned down a new contract extension for 2.5 years
It would appear Marc Pugh is seeking a free transfer from the Club in the Summer based on the advice from his agent.
'It's the same old problem,' said Chris Casper. 'Marc Pugh understands he is in the best place for his development, but for some reason chose to take advice from his agent, who I believe has only seen him play three times.
'I'm very disappointed, because we have put a lot of hard work into improving Marc's game. Young players are the future of the club.'
The deal offered to Pugh would it is understood have seen his wages reach parity with most senior members of the Shakers squad.
So where does that leave Marc Pugh and who might take him on?
Well Skysports.com at least understands a number of Championship clubs are trailing Pugh.
A number of clubs could make a move for the 19-year-old at the end of the season.
Leicester and Colchester are specifically mentioned as having an interest and several other Championship sides are believed to be keeping tabs on the player.
A lot of Clarets might be wondering if Burnley FC might be one of them. What do you think? Do you think Marc Pugh would be a benefit to our team or do you think the club might be too embarrassed (even if interested) to bring someone back to the club rejected only last season and considered not likely to make the grade?
Date:Saturday February 17 2007
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