According to a report, Hearts kid Bobby Burns is set for a loan move to Australia with Newcastle Jets (Belfast Telegraph).
He’ll stay down under for the whole season as he looks to build up some vital first-team experience.
Burns arrived at Tynecastle last summer from Glenavon in Northern Ireland. After a loan spell at Livingston, he broke into the Jambos senior side towards the end of last campaign.
He made nine appearances as the curtain was coming down on the 2018/19 season. This term, however, he has barely made any appearances. Burns has featured in two Challenge Cup matches and just the one League Cup clash for the senior side.
Burns could discover himself in Australia this season
One of Burns’ perceived strengths might actually be one of his weaknesses. The Northern Irishman played at left-back, left midfield, central midfield and even centre forward during the 18/19 season (Transfermarkt).
Whilst it’s great he can play a variety of positions, he needs to find out what he is best at. Defensively right now he is too raw to be playing at left-back, whilst he doesn’t possess the physical traits to operate in midfield.
Burns is a promising star and one Hearts will have big plans for in the future. Right now though, he doesn’t seem to be near their first-team plans.
Newcastle Jets provide him with a good learning opportunity. He’d get to experience a different culture and a different style of play, plus he might be able to find out what his favoured position is.
This could be a good move for Burns if it comes off. For his development, it would be great if it does.