Cotterill considers Coyne loan
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Burnley boss Steve Cotterill is willing to send keeper Danny Coyne out on loan.
Burnley boss Steve Cotterill admits he is willing to send goalkeeper Danny Coyne out on loan in a bid to step-up his return to fitness.
The Welsh international has not played for The Clarets in over a year after suffering knee ligament damage but is now on the comeback trail as he aims to unseat current number one Brian Jensen.
In order to foster his rehabilitation, Cotterill says he is willing to let Coyne leave Turf Moor on a temporary basis, revealing in the process that one potential loan deal with an unknown club has already fallen through.
"We thought there was a possibility of sending Danny out on loan this week, which I would have encouraged and been happy with," Cotterill told the club's official website.
"But it seems as though that club have pulled out of it for some reason, so I have been told by Danny's agent.
"A loan would give him first team action and it might be something I would look at."
Coyne continued his comeback in a behind-closed-doors game against Crewe Alexandra earlier in the week, and Cotterill is pleased with the progress made by the 33-year-old.
Indeed the Clarets boss believes Coyne would have been a prime contender to solve Wales' goalkeeping shortage had their Euro 2008 qualifiers taken place a few weeks later.
"That was probably the best Danny had been," Cotterill said with regard to the Crewe game.
"A little bit more time has given him that extra sharpness and put a bit more of a spring in his step.
"How he would do (in the first XI) I don't quite know at the moment because obviously he has had a little while out.
"It's just a pity the Wales squad wasn't maybe a month further down the line because then he would possibly have been closer to involvement there."