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Burton Albion bring Dutch striker in on trial

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 12, 2014

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BURTON Albion will run the rule over a Dutch striker next week as Gary Rowett looks for the final pieces of his summer jigsaw.

The 6ft 3in target man has been playing in the third tier of football in the Netherlands, known as the Topklasse, and netted 16 goals last season.

He will join the Brewers at St George’s Park on Monday as he looks to impress and earn a possible deal at the Pirelli Stadium.

“He’s a big strong boy and there’s been quite a lot of interest in him back in Holland,” said Rowett, who is also still looking for a goalkeeper.

“He’s keen to come over and see what’s what over here.

“We’re having a look because he’s something a little bit different. He’ll play in the games we’ve got and train with us for a week.”

Rowett has seen the striker play twice on videos, but is looking forward to taking a closer look – and also seeing how he gets on with the rest of the Brewers’ tightly-knit squad.

“We’ll see how it works out,” said the Albion chief. “With most players you can do your homework, but we can have a good close look.

“We like the look of him and can now see how he is in training and get to see how he interacts with the other players.”

A foreign player coming on trial is nothing new for Albion, but it is not an everyday occurrence.

It is further evidence of the Brewers’ growing reputation as one of the top clubs in League Two.

“I think every season we’re getting a better quality of player offered to us,” said the manager. “That’s important.

“Whether we can afford some of them is a continuing challenge as we’re still working to a budget.

“We’ve had a look at one or two foreign players over the last couple of years.

“Lots of boxes need to be ticked to bring one in – it’s not as simple as signing a British player.”

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