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5. Liam Burns

  Nationality: Northern Irish
Date/place of birth: 30 October 1978/Belfast
Position: Central Defender
Height: 6ft1
Nickname: Burnsy
Honours: 2008 Premier Division title and FAI Cup Double (Bohemians), 2005 First Division title (Sligo Rovers)
Ex-clubs: Celtic Boys, Port Vale, Bristol Rovers, Shrewsbury Town, Kidderminster Harriers, Forest Green Rovers, Sligo Rovers, Bohemians (two spells), Dundalk
Joined: Thursday 26 January 2012
Joined from: Bohemians
Signed by: Seán McCaffrey
Club debut: v Bohemians (H), 6 March 2009
First club goal: v Sligo Rovers (A), 4 April 2009

Liam Burns (born: 30 October 1978) is a central defender who returned to Dundalk on Thursday 26 January, following a one-season absence.

Burns – who has been capped at U21 level by Northern Ireland – began his career with Celtic Boys in West Belfast, where he spent seven years between the age of nine and 16.

He had spent time on trial at Celtic and Chelsea, and signed schoolboys’ forms with Millwall at the age of 14.

However, in 1997, aged 18, he joined Port Vale on a two-year Youth Training Scheme after catching the eye of scouts.

Burns soon penned his first professional contract under John Rudge, who handed the defender his league debut in 1997/98 when he came on at half-time in a 4-2 defeat by Sunderland at Roker Park.

In late 2000, Burns was transfer listed by Brian Horton after The Valiants suffered a humiliating FA Cup defeat by Canvey Island, before bouncing back to form.

Over a near seven-year period before his release in May 2004, he made a total of 199 appearances for the Vale Park club.

Burns went on to spend short spells at Bristol Rovers, Shrewsbury Town, Kidderminster Harriers and Forest Green Rovers, before moving back to Ireland in 2005 after being contacted by then Sligo Rovers boss Seán Connor.

In his first season at The Showgrounds, he helped them to the First Division title, and played a key role in them cementing their place in the top flight the following season.

However, towards the end of that 2006 campaign, Connor departed for Bohemians and Burns quickly followed.

2007 ended with a third-place finish, before Pat Fenlon took over and led the Gypsies to a League & Cup double in ‘08, as they accumulated a record 85 points in the Premier Division.

Burns rejoined forces with Connor in 2009 when he signed for Dundalk, and they went on to finish fifth in their first year back at the top table. The experienced centre-half remained under Ian Foster and was named club captain, as they finished the season in sixth.

In total, he made 62 appearances and scored three goals in his first spell with the Lilywhites.

Ahead of the 2011 season, he returned to Bohemians and missed just four of their 36 league games as they narrowly lost out on a European place, before he signed for Dundalk once more in January.

He has missed the last five games through a leg injury.

2012 Apps (Starts) Goals
Overall 19 (18) 0
League 16 (16) 0
FAI Cup 1 (1) 0
League Cup 2 (1) 0
Leinster Senior Cup 0 (0) 0
All-Time Apps (Starts) Goals
Overall 81 (79) 3
League 72 (71) 3
FAI Cup 4 (4) 0
League Cup 4 (3) 0
Leinster Senior Cup 1 (1) 0

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Profile last updated: 22 August 2012