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Fulham defender Dan Burn loaned to Birmingham

last updated Wednesday 03rd July 2013, 9:52 PM


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Fulham defender Dan Burn has been backed to blossom during his loan move to Birmingham City.

Former Darlington boss Mark Cooper said the 21-year-old defender would not be fazed by the switch from Fulham.

Burn and Swansea City centre-half Kyle Bartley, 22, are set to join Blues this week on season-long agreements.

Cooper gave Burn an extended run in the Darlington side in the Conference, which quickly led to his transfer to Craven Cottage.

And Cooper said he was ready to make the next step in his career, at St Andrew's.

"He won't be fazed by it, not at all," insisted Cooper, who is currently Swindon Town's assistant manager.

"He's a great character, from a real nice family and he's a young lad willing to listen, learn and improve.

"And the main thing is that he has got the attributes to handle the Championship and do well.

"Dan has a very calm manner for his age, he's got a really good left foot and he's good in the air, which he should be for someone his size.

"Some players don't jump their height, but Dan's not like that.

"He's good at corners in both boxes and he can play, too. He can pass it long, he can pass it short and he's comfortable taking the ball off the goalkeeper.

"Every time I have seen him he has gone from strength to strength and I can understand why Lee Clark is signing him."

The 6ft 6in Burn spent last season on loan at Yeovil Town. His back-post header from a corner turned out to be the decisive goal in the League One play-off final against Brentford.

Clark was present at Wembley, as was Cooper, who made 44 appearances for Blues, managed by his father Terry between 1991-92.

"In that final he showed he can handle the big occasion," said Cooper.

"When Brentford sent everyone up in the last few minutes he was heading it away, making clearances - he was really dominant."

Burn made Premier League clubs sit up and take notice when Cooper threw him into the Darlington team in 2010-11.

David Moyes, then at Everton, watched him in person but Fulham wasted no time, spiriting him away for £350,000.

Cooper recalled: "We had injuries and I put in this gangly, ungainly 17-year-old.

"I have to admit, when I first saw him I wasn't sure. It was his size. He was a big lad, with no muscle.

"But once he stepped out on to that pitch I knew then he was going to go far. You could see it in how he played and how assured he was.

"He played seven, eight, nine games and we were inundated with Premier League scouts. I'd say 75 per cent of the Premier League clubs were represented at our games.

"Fulham were the ones who came the most times and I think all the dossiers they had on him, and their plans and programmes they had for him to improve and fill out, he felt they were the best opportunity.

"I think they have pitched it about right loaning him last season, and now allowing him to go to Birmingham, and I'm sure he will be fine moving up a level again."
























Source Colin Tattum at Birmingham Post
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