Aston Villa striker Graham Burke is set to join Shrewsbury Town on loan
Aston Villa's teenage striker Graham Burke is set to join Shrewsbury Town on a loan deal until January.
Last Updated: 08/08/13 12:34pm
The 19-year-old striker made his first senior appearances for Villa last term, coming on as a substitute in the Capital One Cup games against Tranmere Rovers and Bradford.
Burke will join former Villa boss Graham Turner at the League One side on a youth loan but will also be eligible to play for Villa's Development Squad.
The academy graduate played a major role in Villa's NextGen Series triumph, scoring two penalties in the final against Chelsea that sealed a memorable European success for Tony McAndrew's team.
The Dublin-born attacker, who recently signed a new-two year contract, has featured regularly for the first team during pre-season after joining Paul Lambert's squad in their Germany training camp.
Speaking about Burke, Town boss Graham Turner told the club's official website: "He's a very good footballer. He can play off a striker or he can play wide.
"He's been with Aston Villa's system and more often than not has played wide. But we've seen him play just off a striker and he's just a good footballer with a good perception of the game.
"He's somebody we've been after for two or three months but his involvement with the first team through pre-season has delayed his signing.
"He actually went to Germany with the first-team squad and has played in some of their pre-season games so he should come in match fit and ready to go so will obviously come into the reckoning at Leyton Orient."
Shrewsbury's move for Burke comes after the news that John Marsden has been ruled out of action for up to eight weeks.