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+Burchy looking forward

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Robert Burch doesn't have to search long for the words to describe his last year.

"It's been really frustrating for me, especially over the last few months - it's been the hardest spell of my career so far," he said.

You can understand his frustration as well. The young goalkeeper looked set for great things after impressing in South Africa back in the summer of 2003 and then spending August 2003-February 2004 on the bench for the first team as understudy to Kasey Keller.

However, the last year has been a tale of injury woe for the 21-year-old.

He's had to overcome ankle, knee and shoulder injuries and has just returned after a four-month lay-off recovering from another ankle problem.

Thankfully ha came through his return to action for the reserves against Arsenal on Monday with flying colours and is now looking to start again.

"You look at it and my last game before this was for West Ham when I was on loan, actually against Tottenham, back in December," pointed out 'Burchy', whose performances a year ago earned him England Under-21 international honours.

"I was just happy to get through the game, the ankle feels fine, I played okay and any win against Arsenal is great.

"It's a strange game. Look at Stuart Taylor at Arsenal, he's a great keeper but he's just not had a chance to push on.

"I look at it as I'm still young and I've got to keep going. It would be easy to look back and think about where I would be without the injuries, perhaps on the bench, on loan, who knows. I have to put that out of my mind and start again.

"Cerny's here now and is a great keeper, Fulop's a great keeper as well. I know if I'm good enough I'll be there and if I keep myself fit, I'll have a chance to getting back. I just want to stay fit and enjoy my football."

As Burchy rightly points out, the most serious damage the injuries have caused is for him to miss valuable match action and potential loan spells - Marton Fulop is now getting the benefit from a spell at Chesterfield.

"It's been a great experience and I wouldn't change it for the world but I haven't played the games I should of at my age," he admitted.

"Kasey was a great keeper for us, so consistent and didn't miss a game. I keep saying my time will come and I have to believe that. I have to keep working hard and I believe I'm good enough. You never know what will happen in football."