Adelaide United CEO Sam Ciccarello said, “The club has agreed on terms to release Nathan to AEK Athens. Nathan has been keen for sometime to look at overseas opportunities and whilst we made every effort to hold onto him with a very strong offer through the recently introduced under 23 marquee player scheme, we respect and support Nathan’s desire to compete in a European league and he most certainly goes with our very best wishes.”
“It has been wonderful for the club to have brought Nathan to Adelaide and to have been a key to his professional personal development over the past couple of years. We know that Nathan is a great talent and feel that he has a big future in front of him.”
Burns is currently in Athens for the announcement and if all of the paper work is completed, it could see him join his new club by July 1, 2008.
AEK Athens finished second in the Greek Super League last season, two points behind champions Olympiacos.
The 20 year old made a total of 54 appearances and scored 11 goals for Adelaide United FC (35 appearances and 9 goals in the Hyundai A-League).
He was the club’s equal leading scorer in the Hyundai A-League 2006/07 Season, scored the first ever hat trick for the club and is also a capped Socceroo, having made his debut in 2007 against Singapore after coming on as a second half substitute.