Coyne set for return to first club
By Tony Scholes
Updated Sunday, 24th June 2007
Two close north west neighbours Tranmere Rovers and Chester City are both looking for new goalkeepers and both could be set to sign former Clarets ahead of the 2007/08 season.
He joined Tranmere as an apprentice and he made his first team debut for them at Peterborough on the last day of the 1992/93 season whilst still in his teens, standing in for regular goalkeeper Eric Nixon. He eventually replaced the long reigning goalkeeper to become first choice until he moved on to Grimsby in the summer of 1999.
Four years at Blundell Park was followed by a year at Leicester before he joined the Clarets in 2004 on a three year contract. We all know in that time that two serious knee injuries have kept him out of the Burnley side for long periods, but a hamstring strain apart, he's been fully fit since returning to the side last November.
With Brian Jensen ahead of him again at Turf Moor he was released and is now the goalkeeper Ronnie Moore wants to take back to Prenton Park to replace another former Claret Gavin Ward who was their regular goalkeeper last season.
Ward, who was with the Clarets for three months in the 1998/99 season, will be 37 this week and he's still very much in demand. He's already played league football for no fewer than eleven different clubs since he made his debut for Cardiff in 1989 whilst on loan from West Brom.
New manager Bobby Williamson is looking to strengthen his squad at the Saunders Honda Stadium and we believe Ward is right at the top of his shopping list.