Former Celtic striker trialling with Jets

Former Scottish international Mark Burchill is in Newcastle for a week-long trial with the Jets.

The Hunter Ports Newcastle Jets are trialling former Scottish international striker Mark Burchill.

Burchill has paid his own way to Australia to take part in a week-long trial with the Jets.

The 31-year-old striker represented Scotland six times between 1999 and 2000 and his previous Clubs include Celtic, Brimingham City and Portsmouth.

He most recently played for INSEE Police United FC in the Thailand Premier League under former Adelaide United assistant coach Phil Stubbins.

Burchill said he would be looking to put his best foot forward during his time in Newcastle.

“I-ve been a professional footballer now for 12 or 13 years, nothing really fazes me,” he said.

“I-m confident in my ability otherwise I wouldn-t be here giving it a shot.”

Burchill said the trial also provided him with an opportunity to take a closer look at Australia-s football culture.

“I-ve never been to Australia before and I don-t really know the football apart from what I-ve seen from afar,” he said.

“It-s good to come here and have a look at what it is like and I-m looking forward to the week to see how it goes.”