Date: 22nd April 2010 at 5:23pm
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Hamilton Academicals manager Billy Reid wants to keep Burnley on-loan defender Brian Easton beyond the end of the season according to BBC Sport.

‘Would we like him to come back here next season? You bet we would,’ Reid told BBC Scotland.

Brian Easton was actually signed from Hamilton Academicals by Owen Coyle for an initial fee of £350,000 plus add-ons in July 2009 on a three-year deal.

The 22 year old Scotland Under 21 international left back though failed to establish himself in the Clarets first team this season and made just one starting eleven appearance in the Carling Cup game at Hartlepool back in August 2009. Four unused substitute appearances followed before new manager, Brian Laws decided to send the player out on loan back to his former club.

He therefore rejoined the Accies in January 2010 on loan until the end of the season.

Easton had dropped down the pecking order for the Clarets, especially when Danny Fox was signed in the January transfer window. He found himself behind Kalvenes, Jordan and Fox so a loan move was the sensible option.

With the Clarets looking likely to be relegated back to the Championship this season, Clarets fans will be wondering if Easton still has a future with the club. Kalvenes has since left returning to his native Norway where he may retire from football altogether. That leaves both Jordan who will be out of contract in the summer and Danny Fox.

Jordan has been linked with a move to Bolton and Fox may well feel he should be playing at a higher level than the Championship. Until therefore we know their fate, it is difficult to predict what chance Easton has of breaking through into the first team and making a name for himself.

It would appear though that the Accies are ready to pounce if there is any doubt that Easton would get enough opportunity playing for the Clarets next season.

Easton is currently injured with a knee problem and there is some concern that he may be sidelined for the rest of this season.

‘We sent him for a scan yesterday and will wait for the results,’ Reid said.

‘I think he will certainly miss Saturday’s game against Falkirk. I’m hoping it isn’t any longer, but I think for Brian it could be ‘season over’.’

Easton looks likely therefore to be returning to Turf Moor soon before his future is decided in the summer.

I do hope Easton can make the grade with the Clarets otherwise it will be yet another black mark against Coyle for bringing in players that in the end have contributed little or nothing to our first season in the Premier League. This would be clearly money that in hindsight would have been better spent on players that could have done a job this season to increase our survival chances.

Only if Easton comes on next season and makes the left back spot his own will the investment in him have been justified.


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