Adam Birchall: Dartford manager Tony Burman backs loanee

Dartford manager Tony Burman believes Adam Birchall's loan spell with the club will be a success.

The 28-year-old striker has joined the Darts from League One side Gillingham until 2 January.

"He knows what he has got to do. He is going to be in the limelight and I am confident he will have a good time with us," Burman told BBC Radio Kent.

"He is a good lad and if we get him back on song we have got a hell of a player for the short term."

He has had two years of hard and difficult times with the injuries and has probably been unfortunate not to play more games for Gillingham

Tony Burman Dartford manager

Birchall, who missed the whole of the 2011-12 campaign through injury, scored once in seven appearances during a short loan spell at Princes Park last season.

Burman revealed he has been in negotiations to re-sign the former Dover frontman for most of the summer.

"When Adam was put on the transfer list I was given permission to speak to him and meet him," Burman added.

"That must have been the first week in June but Martin [Allen, Gillingham manager] has had to see who he could bring in himself.

"It finally happened but Adam is a player I wanted and who we have worked with before. He was very keen to get games in if he was going to choose a non-league club.

"He has had two years of hard and difficult times with the injuries and has probably been unfortunate not to play more games for Gillingham.

"It will do Gillingham good for him to be fit and ready to play for them again."