Fulham set to keep former Darlington defender

The Northern Echo: IN DEMAND: Former Darlington defender Dan Burn impressed on his senior home debut for Fulham IN DEMAND: Former Darlington defender Dan Burn impressed on his senior home debut for Fulham

FULHAM are ready to keep former Darlington defender Dan Burn at Craven Cottage despite Birmingham City wanting to re-sign him on loan.

Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen was impressed with 21-year-old Burns' composed performance as he made his senior home debut in last night's 3-0 FA Cup third-round replay victory over Norwich.

And now Meulensteen has admitted Fulham will weigh up whether to send the former Quakers centre-half out on another loan, or pitch him into league action with the Cottagers.

Blyth-born Burn made 28 appearances in his loan stint at Birmingham in the first half of the season, before being recalled by Meulensteen on January 2.

Blues boss Lee Clark remains keen on another loan deal for Burn, but Meulensteen said he could very well keep him on hand instead.

"Dan's been a breath of fresh air. He did well in the Norwich away game," the Fulham manager said.

"Him staying here now is definitely something we're going to review, definitely.

"That's a different challenge from playing at home, but he's matured a lot in Birmingham where he had a very good loan spell.

"And next to Brede Hangeland he looked extremely comfortable.

"The only way that I keep them apart is that he's right footed and Dan's left footed.

"You work with him on the pitch - it's great for someone like Dan to have Brede coming back from that injury so they can work together.

"Dan is a very bright boy, hes not afraid to speak his mind, he talks, and that's the sort of thing you look at, and it was a very positive performance from him."

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