Nathan Burns training with the Olyroos
|Full name||Nathan Joel Burns|
|Date of birth||7 May 1988|
|Place of birth||Orange, Australia|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Playing position||Winger / Second striker|
|2009–2010||→ Kerkyra (loan)||31||(8)|
|2013–2014||→ Newcastle Jets (loan)||12||(2)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 November 2014.
After a few substitute appearances for Adelaide United, Burns finally got his first start against Sydney FC scoring his first A-League goal in the 4–1 loss. On 21 January 2007 Burns scored Adelaide United's first ever hat trick during a match against Central Coast Mariners, giving his side a 2nd place finish on the league table to close out the 2nd Hyundai A-League season.
Burns made his Greek Super League debut for AEK Athens on 28 February 2009, as 65th minute substitute against Skoda Xanthi at the Spyros Louis Olympic Stadium in Athens. Burns scored the winner against Rangers in the final game of the 2010 Sydney Festival of Football. He scored his first league goal on 27 February 2011, in a 3–2 away win against Ergotelis.
On 25 June 2014 it was announced that he had signed a 2 year deal to join New Zealand team the Wellington Phoenix in the Hyundai A League beginning with the 2014/15 season. On 18 October 2014, he scored his debut goal for the club against the Central Coast Mariners. Burns made history in the Round 8 clash against Melbourne City, becoming the first Phoenix player to score a hat trick in their 5-1 victory. On 6 December he scored his 8th goal of the season in a 3-1 come from behind victory over the Newcastle Jets at Hunter Stadium. On 21 December he scored two goals in a 2-0 away win over Sydney FC, making him the fastest A-league player to ever reach 10 goals in a season, and did not return to New Zealand as he got his for international recall for Australia ahead of Asian Cup.
Burns came on as a substitute in the opening game in Melbourne of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup against Kuwait, and was twice denied a goal, the first when his shot hit the crossbar, and the second when the goalkeeper made a brilliant save.
Statistics accurate as of December 2012
|AEK Athens||2008–09||Super League||5||0||0||0||0||0||5||0|
|Kerkyra (loan)||2009–10||Beta Ethniki||31||8||2||0||0||0||33||8|
|Australia national team|
Last updated: 2011-10-08
Source: Nathan Burns at National-Football-Teams.com
- Player of the Year: 2014-15
- Nathan Burns Trials with Brann Bergen
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- Arnaoutoglou, Vaggelis (19 January 2012). "Burns released from AEK" (in Greek). Sports24.
- "Burns released" (in Greek). SentraGoal. 19 January 2012.
- Smithies, Tom (26 January 2012). "Nathan Burns joins Incheon United after quitting AEK Athens". Daily Telegraph.
- "Nathan Burns coup for Phoenix". FourFourTwo Australia. 24 June 2014. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
- "Central Coast Mariners 1 Wellington Phoenix 2". Football Federation Australia. 18 October 2014. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
- "Wellington Phoenix Burn Melbourne City". FourFourTwo Australia. 30 November 2014. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
- 2015 AFC Asian Cup Group A#Australia vs South Korea
- aekfc.gr profile
- OzFootball profile
- FFA – Olyroo profile
- Profile at Guardian.co.uk
- Hat Trick against the Central Coast Mariners on YouTube
- Nathan Burns at kleague.com