Burbidge in action last weekend against Hendon – (Photo Credit: Jon Ashworth / Side of the World)
Tom Killick was frank and upfront when asked why Tatnam Farm stalwart Luke Burbidge captained Shaftesbury in the Wessex Premier rather than be a part of Poole’s squad for the trip to Merthyr this past Tuesday.
Burbidge, now in his third stint with the Dolphins, originally joined the club in 2012 from local rivals Hamworthy United.
Since joining, he has made 250 appearances in Poole colours, becoming a fan favourite despite spells with Weymouth and Wimborne.
Despite still being a starter for the majority of the season, Burbidge has been dual-registered with Shaftesbury and previously featured for the Wessex outfit when Poole did not have a midweek game.
However, his appearance on Tuesday marked the first time Shaftesbury were seemingly the priority for Burbidge, with Killick revealing that the winger wasn’t 100% happy at the club.
He told All Poole Aren’t We: “Luke has been disappointed that he hasn’t played as many minutes as he would like.
“He’s having a think about what he wants to do.
“There’s not point in dragging him down to Merthyr if he’s not really committed to being here.”
Rather than dwell on the possibility of Burbidge leaving the club for a third time, Killick highlighted the positives – with Joe Wickham coming off the bench to make an impressive cameo appearance.
“Him missing out meant that another person got another opportunity, particularly Joe Wickham got some game time, so we’ll see what happens with Luke.
“I need to have another conversation with Luke later in the week.”