Burchill playing for Jets approval

FORMER Scotland international striker Mark Burchill will be given a week to convince Jets coach Gary van Egmond he is capable of filling one of the final two import spots on the club’s roster.

Burchill paid his own way to Australia and arrived on Wednesday in Newcastle, where he hopes to continue his career after leaving Thai Premier League club Insee Police United.

Burchill came to the attention of Jets chief executive Robbie Middleby after a recommendation from Liverpool great and former North Queensland Fury marquee Robbie Fowler.

He has impressed van Egmond with his speed and agility.

‘‘He’s quite dynamic, a very fit player and we’ll look at him over the course of the next week and make a decision,’’ van Egmond said.

‘‘He’s pretty dynamic and in the way we want to play, so hopefully he’ll fit in.’’

The 31-year-old has forged a long career for a variety of clubs, including Scottish Premier League giants Celtic, then English Premier League side Portsmouth and Scottish first-division’s Dunfermline.

He began his professional career at Celtic in 1997 and played with Socceroo Mark Viduka before a loan move to Birmingham City in 2000.

At Celtic, Burchill scored 20 goals in 50 games and made his international debut aged 19. He played six games for Scotland in 1999 and 2000.

The Jets have filled three of their import places with English striker Michael Bridges, Brazilian centre back Tiago and Swiss defender Dominik Ritter, and van Egmond has made it clear the final two will be attacking players.

Wednesday’s trial against Charlestown has been cancelled, but van Egmond said Burchill would have chances to impress in intra-club games.

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