Maylett could head back to Wales

Last updated : 07 May 2003 By Tony Scholes

Brad had made some 43 league appearances for the Clarets but only two of those had been starts and he hadn’t played a full ninety minutes at first team level. But that changed when Stan allowed him to join Brian Flynn at Swansea on a month’s loan with the Swans facing relegation out of the league.

Maylett did well for them and played a total of six games for Swansea with only one, the first, lost as they fought to get away from the bottom two positions. He played the full game in all six and his best performance was the 3-2 win against form team Oxford when he won a penalty and crossed for another former Claret Lenny Johnrose to score.

Just as it looked as though he would remain at the Vetch Field for the remainder of the season Stan recalled him and just three days after his last game for Swansea he found himself coming on as an early substitute for Dimitri Papadopoulos in our game at Portsmouth.

But he failed to impress Stan who took him off just after half time and then had harsh words for the winger after the game. He was left out for the next couple of games but got his 3rd start for the Clarets in the game against Sheffield Wednesday.

Again he was substituted and last Sunday as the season ended he wasn’t in the sixteen on duty despite the inclusion of seven players released by the club.

He is one of twelve players still under contract and has one year remaining on his but it is looking increasingly likely that he could be leaving the Turf before the start of that last year.

Sources in South Wales are suggesting that he could be a summer target for Brian Flynn who will be strengthening his squad to try and ensure there will be no desperate need to be hanging on to Football League status again as there has been this time round.

They suggest that the player himself would be keen to make the move permanent with his hopes of winning a first team place at Burnley looking even less likely following recent events.

It was good to see Swansea survive (or really to see Flynny survive). I recall his passioned televised plea on behalf of the Clarets back in 1987 and so I was very much on his side last Saturday as they stayed up at the expense of Exeter.