Clarets take 22 man squad to the States

Last updated : 08 July 2008 By Tony Scholes
Besart Berisha
Bes Berisha - cleared to go on the trip
Manager Owen Coyle has stressed that this is no holiday and the players will be working hard to build up their fitness ahead of the new season as well as playing games against Carolina Railhawks and Minnesota Thunder.

"We're going there to work hard, not to have a holiday," the manager insisted. "We're going to Carolina first where the facilities are second to none and will allow us to train morning, afternoon and evening.

"It will be hard work for them, and we will also be able to take the good name of Burnley to both Carolina and Minnesota, so as a football and PR exercise it is important that we make the most of it."

This is the first of three trips away for the players, with both Scotland and Northern Ireland to come. "These trips allow the lads to bond and really get to know each other," Coyle added.

"Playing the games is a gradual process of building up the team. We don't want to be losing games but we'll be showing the new players how we play."

Only one of our three goalkeepers boarded the aircraft this morning, and that was Brian Jensen. New signing Diego Penny will meet the players out there but for Gabor Kiraly it is a case of training on his own at Gawthorpe with a personal trainer.

The club were able to get through the process required to allow Besart Berisha to travel, but weren't aware that similar procedures were required for Gabor. By the time it was realised it was too late and they were unable to obtain a visa for him.

The 22 players in the squad for the two games are: Ade Akinbiyi, Graham Alexander, Besart Berisha, Robbie Blake, Steve Caldwell, Clarke Carlisle, Michael Duff, Wade Elliott, Joey Gudjonsson, Brian Jensen, Steve Jones, Stephen Jordan, Christian Kalvanes, Adam Kay, Chris McCann, Alex MacDonald, Kevin McDonald, Alan Mahon, Martin Paterson, Diego Penny, Jay Rodriguez and Remco van der Schaaf.