Date: 24th July 2008 at 4:15pm
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Trialist, 26 year old Latvian Internatioal striker, Gatis Kalniņ? has today been told by Owen Coyle that the club wont be pursuing a contract with him.



He played the first 45 minutes of last Monday night’s friendly game against Partick Thistle before being substituted with a host of others as Owen Coyle made numerous changes at the start of the second half.

Coyle gave some insight into his performance after that game suggesting he had not instantly fitted into the team that well

‘It`s difficult when you come into a new environment and probably a different style of play than what he`s used to,’ he said.

‘We like to pass and eventually build the ball up. Maybe he`s used to a more direct style of play.

‘When I was looking at his runs maybe he was expecting a ball up a lot quicker. But we`ll monitor that and he`ll train with us this week and be involved in the game at St Johnstone.’

Last night he was named on the bench for the start of the game against the Saints and did not come on until the second half replacing Paterson in bizarre circumstances after the referee requested Paterson be substituted for dissent after 57 minutes.

So was Coyle going to give the trialist a run out? Probably later in the game although he may already have made up his mind about whether to offer him a contract or not.

Quite clearly,Kalniņ? was unable to impress the gaffer enough in the 30 minutes of play he was given last night and it would appear in both games he seemed to be off the pace.

After the game, Coyle said he would make his decision on Kalniņ? within 24 hours and that decision is now known.

Kalniņ? trial with Burnley FC is over and he wont be offered a contract. He will be returning to Latvia and his current side, Skonto Riga.

This of course is the purpose of trials, although it is some time since the Clarets have offered a player a contract based on such a trial either under Steve Cotterill or Owen Coyle. Artim Sakiri and Luton Shelton in Cotterill’s time would have been offered contracts after trials had the club succeeded in getting work permits for the players but they were unsuccessful in both cases.

Obviously in this case the striker didn’t appear to suit our style of play and was unable to impress the gaffer.

Coyle speaking to the Official Site of his decision,said simply:

‘We thank Gatis for his time but we will not be pursuing this any further,

‘We would like to wish him all the best’

I suppose the decision does make you wonder what Mark Hughes saw in the player after he was reported to be interested in bringing the striker to Ewood Park whilst manager of Blackburn Rovers. If he is not good enough for the Championship, then the Premier League would have been even more of a challenge.

So where does that leave us? Will Coyle still be seeking a tall target man up front, to give the side some attacking options or does our style of play suggest otherwise? Who knows but I do hope we can accommodate such a player in the side somehow but clearly we need one with pace as well.