Last modified on Monday, 23 April 2007 at 21:11:02
- Born: 4th August 1973
- Joined Motherwell from Motherwell BC in 1991.
- 1995 / 96: Scored 7 goals in 27 appearances
- 1996 / 97: Not known
- 1997 / 98: Joined FC Heracles (Dutch 2nd Division) in August 1997 when out of contract.
- 1998 / 99: Southend United
- 1999: Raith Rovers
Alex Burns signed for Southend under the Bosman ruling. Burns showed great potential at Motherwell but never quite made it. He worked his way up through the boys' club and reserves to make the first team in August 1993. He was once named Player of the Tournament in the 1989 Under-17 Youth World Cup in Chile.
Burns was highly rated in attack by some at Motherwell although his defensive skills were none too good. He scored loads of goals in the Motherwell reserves but never quite hit the mark in the first team as a striker. He scored on his début against Celtic and played in a pre-season friendly at Roots Hall in the 1996 / 97 season. He also scored in Motherwell's European game against My Pa-47 of Finland.
Toastie's move in to a deeper rôle seemed to work well but a contractual dispute led to his move to FC Heracles before the long-term effect of this could be seen. Towards the end of last season Hearts showed an interest in him.
He seems to be a better standard of player than one might expect to see in the Third Division. According to BBC South-East teletext,
Burns is likely to be paired with David Whyte in a new-look Southend attack for next season.
Burns is a thoroughly committed player, willing to run for everything. Unfortunately, this can show itself in a tendency to dive or get sent off.
He joined Raith Rovers on a free transfer at the end of June 1999. Southend will get a third of any cash they may get from selling him.
© Luke Bosman Monday, 23 April 2007 at 21:11:02
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