Aaron Burns programme article
Posted : 18th March 2017
Linfield’s 'fox in the box' Aaron Burns spoke to ‘Look at Linfield’ earlier in the week and expressed his gratitude to Linfield’s medical team after a quick comeback from a dislocated shoulder picked up against Dungannon late in January but remarkably returned to action just short of a month later, despite fears his season could have been prematurely over.
“Thankfully I’m fully fit again after my shoulder injury and looking forward to the run in and the big games coming up. I thought my season may have been over. I had been advised that would have been the worst case scenario. Thankfully, the scans showed that not to be the case. Our medical team are fantastic here and got me back as soon as possible, so I must say a massive thanks to the medical team at the club for getting me back fit so quickly.”
The Blues are in second place in the league, seven points behind Crusaders but Burns believes the mentality at Windsor Park is the same as ever. The Banbridge man also sees a bright future for the current squad of players and the wins against the Shore Road outfit show how well the squad is developing.
“To be honest, the gap doesn't affect us. As a Linfield player, you have pressure every game. That's the way it is here, you are expected to win every game. We have won against Crusaders three times this season now. That so called "fear" everyone was talking about has gone. Now they will be less confident playing us. We have all the ingredients to go on and be a successful team for years to come. The average age is very young which is a great sign.”
The Irish Cup semi-final will bring Aaron up against his twin brother, Andrew as Linfield take on Dungannon Swifts in an exciting showdown at Mourneview Park, Lurgan on April 1 but Aaron says he’d rather he was playing alongside his brother at Linfield, after laughing off the suggestion of mind games between the two in the build-up. Aaron and Linfield are aiming to go one better after last year’s final defeat but for now, he doesn’t want to look past the semi-final.
“We have to get there first, but if and hopefully when we do, I'm sure we I'll be doing everything in our power to put it right. We have a bit of banter and that but he's having a fantastic season with Dungannon. I would love some day to play alongside him for Linfield. Every time we have played them this year, he has been one of their stand out players.”
The 24 year-old has netted nine goals this season but hasn’t been able to nail down a regular starting spot due to injuries but as always, he will be working hard to improve.
“Personally, it's been an ok season. Niggly injuries have stopped me getting a good long run in the team but when I have played, I have contributed. As players, we always think we can do better though. So I aim for better and better each year.”
Linfield fans will hope to see Aaron Burns back and scoring goals and hopefully picking up another winners’ medal or two in what’s sure to be an exciting end to the season, starting today against a hard-working Ards team at Windsor Park.