Jackett: Millwall were nowhere near signing current Burnley striker from Swindon
MILLWALL manager Kenny Jackett has admitted he never really stood a chance of signing Burnley striker Charlie Austin from Swindon ahead of this Saturday’s visit to Turf Moor.
Austin was hot property after bursting onto the scene with Swindon following a move from non-league Poole Town in the 2009-10 campaign after firing the Wiltshire to the League One play-off final at Wembley, a game they lost 1-0 to Millwall.
Jackett’s side were one of many rumoured to be interested in snapping up the prolific forward following their return to the Championship.
But it was Burnley who got him in January 2011 and Jackett concedes finances meant a move to The Den was always unlikely.
When asked how close the Lions were to doing a deal, the boss was frank.
“Nowhere near,” said Jackett.
“Like a lot of clubs we would have been interested in signing him but he was out of our price bracket.
“Charlie Austin is in a very good run of form at the moment and has seven goals, which is as good as anyone in the division.
“We feel if we get our game right we can give Burnley problems but we have to get our game right and defensively we have to be better.
“It is a big three games for us coming up away at Burnley and Bristol City and then at home to Bolton.
“We start with Burnley and we’ve watched them closely.”
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