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JACOB BURNS...Backing for Gold Coast players
EXCLUSIVE: An emotional Jacob Burns has thrown his support behind Gold Coast players and has urged those responsible not to make similar mistakes again, for the sake of the A-League.
With Gold Coast's future still up in the air after a season of ownership ructions, the Glory skipper told au.fourfourtwo.com that it hurt him to see what has happened and he worried about it potentially happening again.
It comes after his counterpart at Gold Coast, Michael Thwaite, launched a scathing attack on broken promises made by those who built the club.
"Three years ago I was made a lot of promises," said a furious Gold Coast captain.
"I moved my family here, I bought a house, took on a mortgage, started coaching an under-12 local team at Mudgereeba ...
"What I'm trying to say is that I made some decisions in my life to move my family and I want answers.
"I want some people to start talking and not hiding away, and taking responsibility for the rise and demise of Gold Coast United.
"Whether it be a report exactly what we did and did wrong, so that other clubs can learn in the future ... I want to know why the club wasn't run properly.
"I'm very, very disappointed and I want someone to take responsibility for what actually happened."
Burns echoed those comments, saying he knew how the players were feeling - and he issued a warning to those who plan future expansion clubs.
“I’ve got close friends who play at Gold Coast. You never want to see players or clubs go through that,” Burns said.
“For the game to survive and have credibility not only here but for other people looking at our game, I don’t think we can afford to have teams start then fold.
“You want it to be sustainable and grow, but grow gradually. I hope for the sake of the players it’s sorted out.
“I do want to see a ten team competition but I don’t want to see the same thing happen.
“If western Sydney pops up I want it looked at in the right way - look at the infrastructure properly, really look at where it’s going, so players are protected and the fan base grows.
“I just don’t think it’s a great thing for the game here – in particular competing with the other codes – teams popping up and folding.
“At the end of the day it’s the world game for a reason and there’s no reason why these things should happen.”
However he was able to see the lighter side of a potential nine-team league after Glory went through a 27-week off-season this campaign.
“It may even mean a longer pre-season! We can’t have that!” he joked.
Despite the uncertainties about next season, excitement in Perth is cranking up ahead of Glory’s first ever A-League home final, against Melbourne Heart this weekend.
“There’s a real buzz here," said Burns. "The boys are so proud they locked in a home final.
"And when nib Stadium is full. it’s one of the best atmospheres.”