GARY Rowett is delighted to have sealed a six-month loan deal to bring Callum McFadzean back to Burton Albion.
The Brewers moved last night to sign the 20-year-old left-back or left sided midfielder from League One heavyweights Sheffield United.
He was at the Pirelli Stadium for three months at the end of last season, starting 10 games and appearing for the Brewers as they lost at Wembley in the play-off final.
“We’ve been in discussions with Nigel (Clough) at Sheffield United since Callum left us at the end of last season,” said Rowett.
“We said if it was in the clubs’ best interests, and Callum’s, we’d love to have him back.
“And we’re really pleased to have got him.”
McFadzean becomes the sixth signing of the summer for the Brewers after Shane Cansdell-Sherriff, George Taft, John Mousinho, Lucas Akins and Stuart Beavon.
He fits into the mould of a young, hungry player that Rowett is keen to get on board at the Pirelli.
“He’s got a bit of Yorkshire toughness about him and I like that,” said the manager. “It can come out even more next season.
“He’s a young lad and can play in two positions.”
McFadzean could start the season at left-back with Damien McCrory set to still be recovering from his knee operation when the big kick-off happens on August 9 at Oxford United.
“Callum can play left-back really well,” said Rowett, who is still looking for a goalkeeper but has got most of his squad settled early. “Also, I think he’s got more than he showed last season.
“A pre-season under his belt will help because he missed it at Sheffield United last season.
“I’m looking forward to working with him.
“Damo might not be fit for the first game of the season so with Callum and George, who can play there, we’re covered.”