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KEEPERS WEEK

Posted on 25 May 2006  - 12:00

Hans Segers continues his assessment of his goalkeeping group's 2005-06 campaign - next up, Rob Burch...

Hans Segers continues his assessment of his goalkeeping group's 2005-06 campaign - next up, Rob Burch...

Robert Burch: 0 appearances 2005-06; 13 reserve appearances

"I was absolutely devastated for Robert at Manchester United. Basically he came out seven mintes from the end of the play-off final, collided and broke his leg.

"The only good thing about it is that if there is such a thing as a 'good break' it was exactly that, so the healing time won't be too long. We'll look after him.

"I like Burchy, he's a good goalkeeper and a couple of seasons ago he spent a lot of the season on the bench for the first team.

"It's not been easy for him but it's my job to keep them hungry and keep them improving. It's a mental thing to keep them mentally sharp because once you've had the taste, it's difficult to go back to being number three or four.

"We keep working on him and if he managed to get out on loan he could develop, because he needs to play. I always talk about ladders and that's another step on the ladder.

"He's still young and I can talk to him about my own experiences when I was at PSV, one of the big clubs, playing European football year in, year out, but I got to 22, 23 and it was time to move on. I had the foundation of good coaching and never looked back and I tell Burchy not to get too down because in goalkeeping terms, he's still a baby and has plenty of years in front of him."