Queens Fend Off Dens Park Raid

Last updated : 14 May 2010 By QUEENS MAD



The Dumfries and Galloway Standard reports QUEENS gaffer Kenny Brannigan has fended off a raid from Dundee boss Gordon Chisholm.

First Division big spenders Dundee have been trying to lure both Bob Harris and Paul Burns from Palmerston to Dens Park.

But Queens boss Kenny Brannigan has told the Standard that neither player was tempted with a switch.

Brannigan said: "Dundee have been sniffing around, but the boys involved aren't interested.

"Dundee have spoken to the chairman [Davie Rae] about Bob Harris and Paul Burns.

"We've spoken to the lads and neither of them want to go there."

Both Harris and Burns have been permanent fixtures in Queens' starting eleven throughout the season, sharing 75 appearances and 12 goals between them in all competitions.

The two Palmerston stars have another year to run on their contracts - ironically tied up until May 2011 by then Queens boss Gordon Chisholm.

And Brannigan is pleased they haven't been tempted by their former gaffer.

"I'm delighted they aren't interested in going to Dundee.

"They're both very good players and great servants at the club."

But the Queens boss admits Harris is also attracting interest from clubs in England.

"There's been a couple of sides from south of the border who have shown an interest," he said.

"It's that time of year when there's always a lot of speculation.

"But no one has made a bid [for Harris] and I'm happy about that."

"Because they are under contract, any club interested would need to put in a transfer bid.

"I've been told I can have a squad of 16 and that's it.

"I wouldn't get any transfer money to buy players or bring more in.

"The money we would get wouldn't bring in better players anyway.

"That's the way it is, so I'd obviously far rather keep my players at the club."

Bob Harris said: "Obviously I've worked under Gordon [Chisholm] before and he's a great manager.

"I know Dundee were in contact with the club, but I haven't heard any more since then.

"I'm enjoying my time at Queens, but I do expect to work with Gordon at some point again.

"Whether it is at Dundee or another club, I'm expecting to play under him again some day.

"But obviously I've got another season on my contract at Queens and I fully expect to be at Palmerston again at the start of next season.

"It's nice to hear that clubs are interested.

"It shows I'm doing something right, but I like to just plod along and not pay too much attention to that. It's just speculation."

Paul Burns said: "This sort of speculation comes around from time to time and you've got to take it with a pinch of salt.

"I'm ambitious like any other player, and you always want to play at the highest level you can.

"But I don't necessarily see Dundee as a bigger club and I've been with Queens for eight years now and I'm happy at the club.

"I've heard through the grapevine that there has been a bit of interest about me, but nothing concrete."