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Jay Loan to Stirling

Jay Rodriguez, in his first professional season for the Clarets has joined the Scottish First Division side, Stirling Albion until the end of the season. The young forward could make his debut in Saturday's Scottish Cup tie against Glasgow Celtic! Some baptism of fire that one!

Jay will continue to train with the Clarets during the week and then travel up to Scotland for their matches.

Burnley manager Owen Coyle said:

'This move will be good for Jay

'It will give him valuable first team experience and that will make him a better player

'Jay will continue to train with us each week and hopefully the deal will be beneficial to all parties.'

The 17-year old striker was a second year apprentice in 2006/7 and was only offered a professional contract in the 2007 Close Season.

He made an impression in the pre-season friendly against Wrexham scoring a goal

Jay has yet to make his full League debut for the Clarets and he has only managed two appearances on the bench this season in the Christmas fixtures at home to Sheffield Wednesday and Bristol City.

In the match against Bristol City he was given his debut in the first team replacing Stephen Jordan with only 4 minutes remaining.




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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 11 2008

Time: 7:24PM

Your Comments

Obviously using the gaffer's Scottish influence and it will be good for the lad, but its time to see some players come in the other way as the squad gets reduced even more now!
turfmanphil
What do we think about the training with Burnley travelling up for matches??? Would this not detract from team building with the other stirling players? Surely training ground routines for set pieces say are essential in pre match training!
AccyClaret
Thats a good point, never thought of that! The journey every week is going to take its toll as well. Being a local lad I wonder if this is some sort of homesick/family thing?
turfmanphil
It very well could be, but if I was stirling I'd want him at training all the time to help him get the team building! I know he's only 17 but he's a professional footballer! Maybe Burnley think that their training methods will suit him better than stirlings!
AccyClaret
Or Stirling think ours is better!! ;-) They are not exactly doing very well bottom of SL1
turfmanphil
Well thats a very good point! I still think the camaraderie
AccyClaret
Although we want that too be stronger with Burnley!!! Especially as he's a rising star in the team
AccyClaret
I bet the lad didnt think he would possibly be playing Celtic this season in the Cup! ;-) Should do him good for next season but we now have 1 less plyaer in the squad when we should be adding more to it!
turfmanphil
Yeo but I think for him its valuable first team experience
AccyClaret
Oh indeed, I am not disagreeing with the loan, just want some action t'other way for a change
turfmanphil
Yeah me too, it's something over the years thats happened to Burnley! We've become a selling club! We need to get out of this sell the best players mentality and get the squad numbers up and start pushing teams to the brink at the Turf! if we do it away too all the better!
AccyClaret
Totally agree, we need quantity in the squad of the right quality to compliment what we have already. Most teams on average seem to have about 25 players with a lot in the 26-30 plus region. Squads of 20-24 just cant compete IMO if you get a spate of injuries/suspensions or just general second-half season tiredness not to mention the situation being made worse and magnified if one or two start playing like plonkers!
turfmanphil
hey turfmanphil and AccyClaret, has it ever crossed your mind you aren't exactly up there with the higher echelon yourself.
weetim67
I suppose here we are comparing the standatd of the SL1 in Scotland for a team at rock bottom against the Championship for a team with still a chance of finishing in Top 6?
turfmanphil
I can try and get a quick interview with him if you like? He's a good friend of mine Mr. Rodriguez lol,
robbo-9-asfc
That would be good Martyn, ask him how he feels about being an adopted Scot and whether he feels training with Burnley might be a problem if playing for Sterling re team spirit/tactics etc. How will he know whats going on?
turfmanphil
 

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