Trans Atlantic stint has Burbeary flying

ASH Burbeary believes a summer in Canada is one of the major factors for his stellar form for Worksop Town.

The winger has played six games and scored five goals since signing for Tigers, winning himself a contract for the rest of the season.

A former Frickley Athletic and Gainsborough Trinity star, Burbeary explained how he came to sign for the club - in the interim period between Martin McIntosh’s sacking and Simon Clark’s appointment as manager.

“At the end of last season Martin rang me up and we couldn’t agree terms, and I went to Canada for the summer.”

“But he contacted me again, we agreed terms and I came to sign a few weeks ago.”

“I was going to sign on the Thursday but he rang me to tell me he’d got the bullet.”

“I checked with the chairman and he backed me all the way and wanted me to come to the club, so the deal went ahead.”

“A week after that I signed a contract and I’m here until the end of the season.”

His goalscoring exploits have been key in the three-game winning streak, the 24-year-old has bagged the first goal in each of those victories.

He’s understandably delighted with the way things are going in the colours of Worksop Town.

“I’ve been here six games and scored five. The new manager has come in, shaken things up a bit and we’ve won three in a row.”

“All the lads have come together, picked a few results up, got a clean sheet and we’re playing with a smile on our faces now, which definitely helps.”

Burbeary travelled to North America to play for Victoria Highlanders this summer, in the USL Premier Development League, along with former Tigers full-back Max Wragg.

And he links his time with the Highlanders to his sparkling form in the Northern Premier League so far this season.

“We trained three or four times a week in Canada, the weather was hot, so I stripped a bit of body fat off and got really fit,” he said.

“I feel fitter now than the past three or four years coming off pre-season.”

“I went out with Max Wragg. The club out there was set up three years ago.”

“This summer was the first time they’d got to the play-offs and we lost in California, but it was a great experience for me and I want to go back out next summer again.”

“You get to travel around America and Canada for free, playing football and keeping fit, which is great for me.”

This weekend he’s not going anywhere as glamorous as California, instead it’s a trip to West Yorkshire to face Bradford Park Avenue in the FA Trophy.

But it’s a game that means a lot to the Sheffield-born forward.

He told the Guardian: “It’s a massive game.”

“I watched Bradford against Stocksbridge Park Steels and they’re a decent team, and a few of my friends play there so there’s a bit of banter flying.”

“Hopefully we can get one over on them and keep our run going.”