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Burning desire helping Linfield

By Graham Luney

Managers must love players with a point to prove.

Linfield boss David Jeffrey has one in the shape of Aaron Burns.

The versatile midfielder is back with the Blues after a brief flirtation with Portadown and he's keen to show he means business.

Two goals in the 3-1 win over Ards at Dixon Park was another reminder that the 21-year-old is determined to pay back Linfield for what he views as an error of judgement which saw him look towards mid-Ulster.

The Banbridge man came through the Blues Academy, made his first team debut in 2008 and signed a two-year deal in 2010.

In January last year he netted a hat-trick against Dungannon Swifts but that summer he failed to agree a new deal and instead signed an amateur contract with Portadown in January this year until the end of the season. But he was back at Windsor by the end of May and was part of the Blues' Europa League heroics, scoring the winner against Skoda Xanthi in Greece.

Burns has stated his regret at leaving Linfield and the Blues have a player hungry to prove he belongs on the Windsor Park stage. Linfield's summer arrivals are keen to impress but none more than Burns.

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