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Jacob Burns

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Position Left midfielder
Born 21 Jan 1978, Sydney (Australia)
Height 175 cm
Weight 75 kg
International Caps Australia: 2 full, 19 U21

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Parramatta Power 01 Aug 1999 31 Aug 2000     £250000
Leeds United 31 Aug 2000 30 Jun 2003 11 0  
Barnsley 17 Oct 2003        

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2000 - 2001 3(1)   0   1   3(1)   0  
2001 - 2002 0   0   0   0   0  
2002 - 2003 2   0   0   0   0  
Total 5(1)   0   1   3(1)   0  

Jabba's Comments

Jacob Burns was bought in August 2000 as midfield cover and as an investment for the future. With the Great Injury Crisis decimating all parts of the team, he made his debut against Charlton in October. First impressions are generally favourable: he is very fit, and his work rate can't be faulted. He does appear to be a little bit over zealous in his tackling sometimes, and has given away a couple of free kicks in fairly heart-stopping places (one of which lead to David Beckham's goal at Old Trafford). He's having to learn fast and mature even faster, and he seems to be rising to the challenges that DOL is setting before him. With a fully fit squad, the best he can realistically hope for is a seat on the bench, but in showing his versatility and enthusiasm now, he's doing himself plenty of favours for the future. He might never be more than a good squad rotation player - but with the players that are currently at Leeds that's not faint praise of his abilities.

After a regular spell in the reserves at the start of 2001-02, Jacob picked up an injury that kept him out for a couple of months and didn't make it back into the first team squad until November 2002. It's widely assumed he'll be released in the summer - but should have a decent chance of finding a Division 1 club he can do a good job for.

Geoff Murison says: went to the same school. All round nice guy made the train trip home easy. I'm proud of him. best of luck to him!

IlGino says: U Legend Jacob..... hope u make the first team soon.

John says: Jacob used to play with my younger brother as a youth in Sydney. He was never what you would call a hot shot player. I am very surprised that Leeds picked him up in the first place but good luck to him.

toni blakeston says: he's gorgeous..and Australian. Perfect!

Kali Doublet says: Went to same school and caught train together...lovely guy....welldone!

Don says: Jacob Burns is the least talented player i have ever seen

Jacobs NO.1 fan forever, Leeds says: Good Bye Jakey Baby, Good Luck for the future. That guy deserved better than what he got. I was proud to wear BURNS 25 on my Leeds shirt, I bet I was the only one aswell (except jacob)

MK says: Met Burnsy in a Leeds Nightspot, where he was going widely unreconised. Needless to say I probably ruined his night by trying to talk to him most of the evening. Really friendly bloke, but hes quite a comedy football player. Can t believe he s ever played at the level he has. Apparently he has a well fit wife!

Emma Donohoe says: hi jacob it's emma i hope ypu can come to my party bye

Johnny Lord says: sorry to say jacob burns is one of the worst players ive seen don the white shirt. his perfromance at spurs in 02/03 was....unspeakable. i wish him well like

Phil says: without doubt the worst player ever to ware the white shirt. what a waste of £1/4m

Eric Charles says: Glad you hopped off the sinking ship Jacob. With you, Harry & now Dooks opening the is certainly spells doom for Leeds. Go aussies!

johnny lord says: up there with russel doig

Klaus says: Jacob was a hack at Sydney Untied, a hack at Parramatta Power and a hack at Leeds United. He might be fit but anyone can run. I think there are about 350 players in Australia more worthy of a place in professional football than him. Maybe next time they should create a show called Football Idol and have no-names added to ELP squads and let the public vote them off. Jacob would get my vote.

Alex Kesby says: Jacob Burns is a just another talented Aussie going around England and Leeds should sign another one by the name of Tim Cahill

trane says: What people don't seem to realise is the fact that jake is a defensive midfielder.I have been close friends with jake my whole life,and his strengths have always been endurance strength, shutting the opposition down and winning possesion.Just like Dennis Rodman of Chicago bulls fame,always winning the rebound-his primary job.Jake has true grit that not many have in the sport.This is what leeds saw,and he performed the job brilliantly.Klaus obviously never saw a single game jake played for sydney united in the year they went to the grand final.There is no doubt jacob was the single key to that teams victory.He single-handedly tore defences to shreds and held the fort while scoring goals.Another interesting fact, not many people know is that jacob went to the same high school as harry kewell in sydney.And while jacob was winning school soccer finals in consecutive years, harry spent the whole time on the bench

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