Jefferson Award nominee set for Burnley trial

Last updated : 01 January 2010 By Tony Scholes
His contract with the Texas based club expires this week and yesterday the Dynamo chief operating officer Chris Canetti revealed to their local media that he will be coming to Burnley on trial.

"Stuart is going on trial with Burnley, a club in the English Premier League," Canetti said. "What that means is he will train with Burnley and play in some of their reserve games and the team will then decide if it wants to sign Stuart."

Dynamo want the Aberdeen born Holden to stay. "We want to sign Stuart," Canetti stressed. "That hasn't changed. We haven't looked at alternatives yet but now that he is going to Burnley it is imperative that we take a hard look at potential replacements should he decide to leave the Dynamo."

This week Holden received news that he had been nominated for the Jefferson Award for outstanding public service, one of ten up for the national award. Having watched his dad pass away early in 2009 with pancreatic cancer he got involved with helping children fighting the disease.

He has set up Holden's Heroes, an organisation devoted to raising money for children cancer research. Holden said: "Going with my dad on a daily basis and watching the chemo and the therapy - my dad was 50 years old when he was diagnosed. Knowing that kids were diagnosed with cancer and similar diseases and they were going through the same things he was going through, it really struck a nerve in me."

The Jefferson Award was set up in 1972 by the former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and previous winners include Oprah Winfrey, Lance Armstrong and Peyton Manning.

With the quotes it does look as though Burnley have got ahead of Blackburn in trying to bring Stuart Holden to England, just as long as it is not another set of Yazid Mansouri quotes.