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Burton Albion: Gary Rowett delighted to sign Jon McLaughlin from Bradford City

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 24, 2014

By David Broome

  • WELCOME ABOARD ... keeper Jon McLaughlin has signed for Burton. Inset : McLaughlin (left) and manager Gary Rowett.

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GARY Rowett says Burton Albion's summer transfer work could be done after signing goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin from Bradford City.

The 26-year-old Scotsman signed a one-year deal at the Pirelli Stadium yesterday to become the sixth signing of the close season – and probably the final piece in the Brewers' jigsaw for the forthcoming season.

"I think our work is done," said Rowett, who was surprised a player of McLaughlin's quality was allowed to move and acted quickly to sign the Edinburgh-born goalkeeper after his Bantams release.

"The deal was done in a couple of days, which is quite quick.

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"I didn't know he was available at first. Then I read that he'd gone in for pre-season training and it wasn't clear what his future was.

"I know his agent so I called him up and asked if he would consider us.

"A new offer from Bradford didn't come and it got to the stage where he couldn't wait any longer so we had a chat."

Rowett had publicly stated his aim of signing a young yet experienced goalkeeper, and McLaughlin certainly fits that bill, with more than 125 appearances for Bradford to his name.

"He's as good as any goalkeeper in League One," said Rowett.

"I think he's going to be a very good acquisition for us as he really fits the profile we were looking for.

"He has got a really good presence, is a good kicker and has got a good amount of experience.

"But he has also still got that hunger to do well and achieve things."

McLaughlin is likely to take the vacant number one jersey at Burton, but Rowett insists that he and Dean Lyness will both be expected to challenge for a starting role in the new season.

"The shirt he wears doesn't mean he's automatic first-choice," he said.

"He has the experience, but Deano has youth on his side.

"It'll be down to those two to battle it out to be number one."

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