Socceroo Nathan Burns has been loaned out by Greek giants AEK Athens, joining second tier outfit Kerkyra on a one-year deal.
The announcement was official made by AEK on the same day that they also unveiled they had signed Hungarian prodigy Krisztian Nemeth from Liverpool, similarly on a one-year loan deal.
Burns, who joined AEK at the beginning of 2008 from A-League club Adelaide United, has struggled for first-team football in Greece.
However, almost immediately following his arrival, the manager who brought him to the club – Giorgios Donis – departed, as well as then-president Demis Nikolaidis.
Since then there have been further board-room changes at a club where stability has been difficult to come by off the pitch, the Greek giants struggling financially relative to their rivals.
The appointment of Serbian manager Dusan Bajevic has brought improved results, though this hasn’t translated to game time for Burns despite encouraging words having been said about him by the coach.
Truth be told, there simply hasn’t been any room for the young Australian to develop within a club and a team under constant pressure and scrutiny; Burns has made but a handful of first-team appearnces since arriving in Greece.
It is with a view to getting more regular first-team football ahead of the 2010 World Cup that Burns no doubt joins Kerkyra, who finished fifth in the Beta Ethniki – Greece’s second division – last season.
Chris Paraskevas, Goal.com
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