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Burton Albion boss Gary Rowett waits for quality players to become available

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 27, 2014

By Tom Sloan

RISING TALENT ... Burton's Matty Palmer (right) is one of a number of promising youngsters at the club.

RISING TALENT ... Burton's Matty Palmer (right) is one of a number of promising youngsters at the club.

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GARY Rowett thinks the quality players he fancies to strengthen Burton Albion's squad will become available in the next week.

The Brewers boss will not dive headlong into the transfer market following the sale of striker Billy Kee.

Instead, he is keeping his powder dry for the deal he wants ahead of Monday's transfer deadline.

"We've got to be patient," said the Albion chief as he prepared for the visit of QPR to the Pirelli Stadium tonight (7.45pm).

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"The players I could sign now I could've signed for the last three months.

"In the next week, there will be players from a higher level who start to make loan moves to clubs.

"Then players start to trickle down the leagues when clubs see an excess of players in their squads.

"These players will make a difference to our team.

"I would rather, for now, wait and see who becomes available than bring in a couple because I feel I need to."

Rowett has not ruled out bringing a player in on loan from a higher level.

He also wants to give youth its chance at the Pirelli, with Marcus Harness and Matty Palmer both impressing and youngsters Joe Doyle and Liam Slade waiting in the wings.

"I'd rather give the young players a chance than rush into signing someone," said Rowett.

"They've got real ability – (young striker) Sam Austin went past two in training today.

"I wouldn't realistically be able to sign a wide player who was 19 or 20 who was better than what we have in Marcus Harness.

"Could I sign a young central midfielder with as much creativity as Matty Palmer?"

Rowett has also backed the youngsters to do a good job against Rangers.

"There's a good stage for them and certainly the likes of Matty and Marcus come into the reckoning," he said.

"Sometimes you need a different type of player in these games.

"You need athleticism and players comfortable holding the ball in tight areas.

"It can create a slightly different team. We've played 4-3-3 before in these games with wide attacking midfielders, who have been younger players.

"There's an element of wanting to give one or two a chance."

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