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Oldham Athletic are confident of extending the loan spell of Fulham defender Cameron Burgess with the club after the Australian youth international’s impressive performances in the early months of the season.

Burgess has overcome a tricky start to turn in a string of outstanding displays at the heart of the Latics defence and will line-up tonight as Oldham look to secure a place in the third round of the FA Cup against Conference outfit Lincoln City. Oldham boss Steven Robinson, who believes Burgess has a big future in the game, revealed that the club are already in advanced negotiations with Fulham about extending the 21 year-old’s stay at Boundary Park.

We are already speaking to Fulham and they want him to stay and we want him to stay. It’s just a matter of getting the paperwork done and confirming it.

I have spoken to Cameron and he is very keen to stay. He is enjoying his time here and he has come on a lot as a player as well. I think he has done really well. He made a couple of mistakes in the early weeks but it shows what kind of character he is that it didn’t affect him. For me, he has got better and better.

I think he could go on to bigger and better things. He is only 21 years old, six foot four and left-footed. They don’t come around too often. He is one that I feel could have a really good career and we are lucky to have him.

Burgess, who spent last season helping Cheltenham gain promotion to the Football League on loan, has made 25 appearances for Oldham this term, helping them keep eight clean sheets so far.