GARY Rowett is grateful to have Burton Albion stalwart Andy Corbett in his squad – even if the 31-year-old is likely to find opportunities hard to come by during the League Two run-in.
The Brewers boss has been impressed with the right-back, whose model professional attitude has been a hallmark of his near decade at the club.
Corbett joined Hereford United on loan in January but was recalled due to a shortage of defenders before the 2-0 win over Rotherham United.
He has not got on the pitch since – but Rowett is glad to have the Worcester-born veteran of Albion’s Conference-winning side back at the Pirelli.
“Corbs has been frustrated at not playing and he’s been unfortunate in a way that Anthony O’Connor’s form has been so good,” said the Brewers boss.
“Anthony doesn’t miss many games either, so it’s really limited the opportunities for Corbs.
“It was great for us to be able to recall him from his loan at Hereford when we were a little bit short of defenders.
“He played centre-half for the reserves in the week and did really well and he’ll be part of what we’re doing until the end of the season.”
Although Corbett will probably struggle to add many appearances to his 300-plus games for the club, Rowett knows he can have a big influence as the season reaches an exciting climax.
Albion go into today’s trip to Bristol Rovers, kick-off 3pm, sitting in third spot, having won the last four and avoided defeat in the last seven.
“Sometimes players don’t have to play many games but are still a big part of what you’re trying to do,” said the Brewers boss.
“We’ve got to make sure we’ve got everyone on board and they’re ready if required so we’re not short of options.
“I was really pleased to get Corbs back in the squad.”
Zander Diamond (pictured right) will probably be back on the bench at the Memorial Stadium today, but Jacques Maghoma (ankle) is a major doubt, while Nathan Stanton (knee) and Aaron Webster (hamstring) are definitely out.
ALBION are hoping to extend Alex MacDonald’s loan from Burnley until the end of the season.
The 22-year-old plays his last game for the Brewers under the terms of his one-month loan today. Discussions with the Lancashire club are ongoing.