Thursday, October 15, 2009
The ever-expanding list of American players in Norway will now include Colin Burns who is signing with 1. Division club Sarpsborg 08.
Burns joins a club that is likely to qualify for the Norwegian promotion playoff race where the third, fourth and fifth place team will play a round-robin with the winner facing off against the 14th place Eliteserien club in a playoff.
Even though his contract with Sarpsborg does not become effective until the start of the new year, the Newark, Delaware native is thrilled with the move to the southeastern Norwegian club.
"I'm signing a deal with Sarpsborg on Saturday," Burns recently confirmed to YA. "My Ljungskile contract ends in December and the Sarpsborg contract starts in January."
Burns has spent two seasons with Swedish club Ljungskile where he was the starting goalkeeper for the bulk of the 2008 season while the club was in the Allsvenskan and then the first part of the 2009 season after the club had been relegated to the Superettan.
A rift between the ex-Atlantic 10 star and the club arose early in the summer when Burns requested a transfer away to a first division club leading to a decision by club officials to bench the former University of Massachusetts standout.
The situation at Ljungskile was a difficult one for the netminder who nevertheless, still maintained his professionalism and trained every day with his teammates. Now with a fresh start at Sarpsborg, Burns hopes to put the turmoil of the past six months behind him and establish some stability at his new destination.
"I'm really happy to get out of a bad situation. [The contract] is a two year deal," he concluded.
Burns appeared in 27 domestic league matches with Ljungskile including nine matches during this year's campaign.