Gary van Egmond says the Jets would look to extend Nathan Burns’ stay with the Club should the opportunity arise.
Hunter Ports Newcastle Jets head coach Gary van Egmond has refused to rule out the possibility of extending Nathan Burns- stay with the Jets should the opportunity arise.
Burns- four-month loan deal is scheduled to end on January 11, following the Jets- Round 14 clash with Melbourne Victory at Hunter Stadium.
However, van Egmond said the Jets would investigate any opportunity there may be to extend the loan deal with K-League Club Incheon United for the remainder of the 2013/14 A-League season.
“We-ll have to wait and see how the season progresses, but it would be lovely to keep him here a bit longer,” van Egmond said.
“We-ll stay in contact with Nathan-s Korean Club. You don-t know what can happen in football.
“He was brought to Incheon by a different coach to the one that is there now and the current coach hasn-t used him much at all.
“A week is a long time in football, never mind four or five months.”
Van Egmond said Burns- arrival at the Jets in early September would provide the Club with a significant boost prior to their season opener against Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium on October 11.
“From our perspective, Nathan is coming here as an important signing for the Club and we-re really looking forward to having him here,” van Egmond said.
“We expect big things from him and I-m sure he expects big things from himself.”
Jets fans are already salivating at the prospect of Burns linking up with marquee man Emile Heskey in the Jets' front third, with both players expected to complement each other nicely.
Van Egmond said he was excited to see the impact Burns could make playing alongside the former Liverpool and England striker.
“There-s some good options with the likes of Emile (Heskey), Adam (Taggart), James Brown and now Nathan in that front third and we-re excited to see what the future may bring,” he said.