Tuesday, June 30, 2009
DAVID EDGAR SET TO STAY IN THE PREMIERSHIP
Owen Coyle is continuing to strengthen his newly-promoted Burnley squad and has now almost completed the signing of David Edgar from Newcastle United.
Edgar is the first player to leave Newcastle United to spark off what could be a mass exodus at St James’s Park.
The Canadian defender was offered a new contract to stay on in Newcastle but has signed a four-year deal with newly promoted Premier League outfit Burnley.
The 22-year-old ended his Toon career in devastating fashion after being red-carded at Aston Villa on the day that United lost their top flight status last month.
However, Edgar never let United down when selected and was rarely used in his natural position of centre-back, where he often shone as captain of the reserves.
Indeed when he did play in the heart of defence at Stoke City in April he put in a man of the match display.
The son of former Toon keeper Eddie Edgar will always be remembered for his howitzer against Manchester United in the 2-2 draw in 2007, and he also netted against Liverpool in the 5-1 loss on Tyneside last season.
Edgar wanted to join the Turf Moor club on loan last season in November but the move was blocked by United amidst an injury crisis under Joe Kinnear.
And there was no chance for him to move on loan during January for exactly the same reason.
Edgar made just 23 appearances for Newcastle but was restricted to limited first team opportunities under a host of different managers including the man who handed him his debut in Glenn Roeder, Sam Allardyce, Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear and Alan Shearer.
United will be entitled to compensation for Edgar because of his age and because he came through the club's Academy since the age of 14.
Fellow newly promoted side Birmingham were also interested in signing the North American.
Fans of the Canadian can make the trek down the I-5 to see Burnley play in Portland when they face the Timbers in a friendly in July.