North Shore United go into NRFL Premiership season with new coach

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North Shore United will go into next season’s Lotto NRFL Premiership season with new coach Dylan Burns.

Burns (25) has played for a number of Auckland clubs and has been a Nike Academy player in England.

Prior to joining Shore in June, Burns was briefly with Te Atatu and had spent two seasons with Takapuna.

Previous clubs include Waitakere United, Glenfield Rovers, and Central United.

He was briefly registered with Swedish club Hudiksvalls FF.

In its announcement, North Shore said: “Dylan comes with a strong football background and exposure to the game at the highest level, having been a Nike Academy player based in England before signing with (current English Premier League club) Nottingham Forest.

“During his time in England, Dylan worked and trained with several well-known coaches including previous Aston Villa manager Kevin Macdonald and was involved in an environment with ex-international Stuart Pearce.

“He is very much looking forward to sharing these experiences with players and coaches at our club.”

‘I want players, officials and supporters to catch and enjoy the buzz’

Burns said: “Coaching at New Zeland’s oldest football club comes with special responsibilities and I want players, club officials and supporters to catch and enjoy the buzz that I plan to bring to football at Allen Hill (Stadium).

“The club’s long-term focus on identifying and developing local talent is something I want to be part of as I have the experience to make a difference at North Shore United.”

High performance group convenor Steve Browning said Burns could play a big role in developing home-grown, high-quality players to produce winning teams.

“Dylan’s football philosophy aligns closely with the club’s vision of a home-grown senior men’s squad playing at North Shore United,” he said.

Burns wants to bring “a buzz” back to Allen Hill Stadium.

Last season, Burns played for Te Atatu in the NRF Men’s Championship before moving to Shore ahead of the June 30 transfer deadline.

He made eight appearances for Shore in the Northern League.

The club was relegated from the Northern League and will compete next season in the Lotto NRFL Premiership (formerly Division One).

Coaching changes

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