ROB Lainton’s loan spell at Burton Albion could be extended when it comes to an end after Saturday’s match at Oxford United.
The 24-year-old goalkeeper joined the Brewers from Bury on an emergency loan for a month on February 8.
He made his debut and kept a clean sheet at Morecambe before holding onto his spot for the next five matches.
Lainton has stepped into the breach after fans’ favourite Dean Lyness had to come out of the firing line with a thigh injury.
Now, his loan could be extended to take in a busy March for the Brewers.
Boss Gary Rowett has seen plenty of positives in Lainton’s game, with his kicking up there with that of Stuart Tomlinson, Albion’s No 1 last season.
“I’ve seen lots of good attributes in Rob so far to know that if we’ve got two players in Rob Lainton and Dean Lyness then I’d be quite happy,” he said.
“Everyone can see what Rob’s got to offer, and Deano too.
“It’s very hard to split them at the moment.
“There are things they do better than each other.”
Lainton is currently first choice, but Rowett is confident that Lyness will get another chance soon, pointing out that competition for places is the same across his squad.
“It’s a case of Rob’s in that position at the moment,” said the manager.
“I’m sure Deano will get his opportunity at some point soon to stake his claim.
“It’s the same in every position - there’s competition for every shirt.
“Lots of players haven’t done anything wrong but find themselves out of the team.
“That’s the nature of having a competitive squad.”
BURTON Albion Independent Supporters’ Club is running a bus to Oxford on Saturday - and is gauging interest in a bus to Portsmouth.
Saturday’s bus leaves the Beacon Hotel, in Tutbury Road, at 11am and tickets for the trip cost £10.
A bus to Pompey could also be run a week today, but interest in the journey is being sought before bookings are made.
Further information and tickets are available from John on 07826 230365.