Lure of Scotland too great for Burgess

Lure of Scotland too great for Burgess

Posted on June 7, 2013 in 'News'

Former ECU Joondalup defender Cameron Burgess is on the verge of committing his international future to Scotland. (Courtesy of footballwa.net) Burgess, who played in the first team at ECU last season, was recently called up for Scotland’s under-20 side and, although also eligible to represent Australia, the 17-year old is favouring his birth nation. “Perth is where I’ve grown up since I was 11 but my home will always be Scotland,” Burgess told dailyrecord.co.uk. “I have an Australian passport and because I’ve been there for a while that’s what I consider myself to be. But I always wanted to play for Scotland as a little kid.”

Football clearly runs within the Burgess family bloodline. The defender’s grandfather, Campbell Forsyth, played for St Mirren, Kilmarnock and Southampton as well as gaining four international caps for Scotland in the 1960’s. His father, Stuart Burgess, made over 350 senior appearances for Albion Rovers, East Fife, Falkirk and Kilmarnock. “It’s great to have the knowledge from him especially as he played in the same position as me,” commented Burgess of his father’s influence. “Sometimes his advice is a bit tough to take on board as he’s my dad but it’s good having someone to go back to as a reference point.”

Born in Edinburgh, Burgess trained with Celtic and Aberdeen as a child before continuing his family relocated to Perth. “We moved there for lifestyle reasons. Mum and Dad decided it would be the best place to bring me and my sister up and it’s been great,” commented Burgess, who turned out locally for Sorrento, Joondalup and Perth Glory’s youth team. “I played a year ahead of myself (and) progressed to the stage that pro teams showed an interest. I played in the State League when I was 16 and there were good players and coaches.”

Burgess made his first team debut for Joondalup last year and soon after joined English club Fulham midway on a three-year deal. “I’ve been in the Fulham Under-18 side for most of the season and we won the league last Sunday which was a great experience,” he said. “It has been a good season and I’ve progressed a lot. I have just finished my first year and I have two years left on my deal. I’ve trained with the first team a few times and it’s a great set-up. If you are training well then you will get the opportunity.”