Burns: On fire and focused on finals football

Socceroo Nathan Burns says he’s open to a new challenge next season but is focused on seeing out the 2014-15 campaign with leaders Wellington Phoenix.

The New Zealand club shot into top spot with a 2-1 win away to Perth Glory on the weekend and are genuine premiership and championship contenders.

Burns, who missed the game due to a hip injury, previously had two offers from China declined by the Phoenix. 

The Chinese transfer window has since closed, effectively ensuring Burns, who is in the first season of a two-year deal, remains with Wellington until the conclusion of the current campaign.

Burns has produced career-best form at Wellington, netting 12 times to be in the mix for the A-League Golden Boot and Johnny Warren Medal, while also reviving his Socceroos’ career.

The 26-year-old said while he was delighted with how his time at Wellington has worked out so far, he’d be open to opportunities should they arise in the off-season.

“Right now I’m focused on finals football,” Burns told FourFourTwo.

“We’ll see what happens next season. If something changes, we’ll go from there and if not, I’m quite happy.

“I’m just enjoying the moment but if something comes up I’d love the challenge.”

He added: “Football is a fast game like that. Things happen overnight, so you don’t look too far into the future. You just let them happen.”

Prior to Burns’ spell at Wellington, he endured two injury-riddled seasons in South Korea, which followed four years at Greek club AEK Athens where he never quite made the cut.

Burns showed flashes of his potential in a 12-game stint with Newcastle Jets last season, but has really found his form after shaking off injury at Wellington.

“I’m definitely happy. You’ve got to be happy with where you’re at in football,” Burns said.

“Sometimes you think too far ahead and want to be somewhere where the grass is greener but I’ve had some tough times, so I know my situation is very good at the moment.”