BURTON Albion boss Gary Rowett is celebrating a “terrific coup” after signing central defender Ian Sharps on loan from Rotherham United until the end of the season.
Rowett admitted he was surprised to capture the services of Sharps, 32, with rival clubs eager to sign the former Tramere Rovers stopper.
“Ian has agreed to join us until the end of the season and I think it’s a terrific coup for the club.,” said the Brewers manager.
“He was promoted last year with Shrewsbury and is the Rotherham club captain this year.
“We’re slightly surprised that we have been able to get him and I think he had one or two options, but he’s showed a real desire to come to us.
“He brings us a bit of extra experience over the remaining games and gives us four really good options at centre back, which will be needed in the last few months of the season.”
Sharps began his second spell at the Millers in May 2012 and has made 22 appearances so far this season.
The 6’3” defender began his career at Tranmere before moving to Rotherham in 2006.
He spent four years at the club before switching to Shrewsbury Town, where he was made club captain and played 86 times.
Sharps could go straight into the squad to face Northampton Town today, although that clash is in doubt due to the weather.