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Rivoli's Burke signs loan deal with USL club

Published:Sunday | December 20, 2015 | 12:22 AM
Cory Burke (front) of Rivoli United is tackled by Boys' Town's Carlos Wright (partly hidden) during a recent Red Stripe Premier League match.

Rivoli United striker Cory Burke will not be signing for any of his club's premier league rivals as he has already inked a 12-month loan deal with United Soccer League (USL) outfit Bethlehem Steel in Philadelphia, according to club vice president Ansel Smart.

In a YouTube video, posted on the Premier Leagues Clubs Association's Facebook page yesterday morning, Smart explained that the deal was signed last week.

"This Club is Bethlehem Steel, a USL Club in Philadelphia. The contract was signed this week, a few days ago," Smart said in the video. Burke is expected to leave for the United States in January.

Smart said the deal is not a full transfer at this time.

"It is a loan. We are looking for him to do good so we can transfer him next season," he explained while describing the loan deal as an opportunity for Rivoli to once again put their name and players (Burke) on the international market."

Local premier league club Montego Bay United had expressed an interest in signing Burke, who has scored 12 goals in the current season.

"We have an interest (in Burke). He is a top striker and we would love to have him. We expect that come January, a few of our players might leave, so we have to do some forward thinking," Lincoln Whyte, a director of Montego Bay United told The Sunday Gleaner.