Yeovil Town have raided Fulham to bring young defender Daniel Burn to Huish Park on a youth loan basis.
The 20-year-old centre half stands at 6ft 6in and started at out at Darlington. However, he joined Fulham in the summer of 2011 for a fee reportedly worth £350,000 after only 19 appearances for the Quakers.
Although he is yet to make the breakthrough at Craven Cottage, he is highly regarded and has drawn comparisons to captain Brede Hangeland and Chris Smalling, who joined Manchester United after joining Fulham from Maidstone.
Burn has signed for an initial month and will go straight into the Glovers’ squad for Saturday’s testing trip to Preston North End.
Gary Johnson’s side have lost their last four npower League One matches and defeat this weekend would create unwanted club record. Yeovil have not lost five games in a row since their promotion to the Football League in 2003.
The arrival of Burn also swells the ranks after the Glovers ended the loan spell of Chelsea’s young defender/midfielder Rohan Ince.
Despite some impressive performances in pre-season, Ince never fully recovered from an ankle injury and returned to Stamford Bridge earlier this week.
Fellow Blue Archange Nkumu has seen his loan spell with Yeovil expire, but Johnson is yet to decide whether to take it into a second month or allow him to return to West London.
The 18-year-old has made only one substitute appearance for Yeovil since arriving from Chelsea.
On the plus side for Yeovil, midfielder Gavin Williams has spoken of his relief at finally getting back to action.
The 32-year-old former Bristol City and Rovers man made his first appearance of the season in last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at home to Sheffield United after a lengthy spell out with a groin problem.
“It’s been really frustrating to be honest,” he said. “It was an injury that we thought would only take two or three weeks. Every time I came back to try to train, it would sort of go again, so it’s really pleasing to be back, especially to get 90 minutes under my belt.
“You ask any footballer who is not playing, especially the lads who have done so well early on and then have had this spell out.
“You want to be out there and helping the club to win games. You can’t really explain how frustrating it’s been. I’ve been so miserable, but it’s pleasing to finally get a game.
I didn’t think that I would have lasted 90 minutes. I felt all right really. It was just in the last 10 minutes really that my legs had gone. But that will come with games.”