GARY Rowett will not be afraid to use the loan market to find a goalkeeper for Burton Albion – but will still try to sign a keeper full-time at the Pirelli Stadium.
The Brewers boss did not manage to bring in a goalie last summer and went with Sunderland loanee Jordan Pickford as his No 1 until the Mackems recalled the talented glovesman.
Aston Villa’s Benji Siegrist and Bury’s Rob Lainton were loaned in before Dean Lyness got his place back towards the end of the season.
Bermudan Freddy Hall also had a short-term contract with Albion.
Rowett would like a permanent No 1, but is aware of Lyness’ abilities and promise.
“The debate we’ve got is we want to move the team forward, but we’ve got a good young keeper in Dean,” he said. “We want to sign someone permanently rather than use the loan window.
“It wasn’t our intention to use loans last season, but we just couldn’t find the right permanent keeper we wanted.
“I think people forget we had four keepers in on trial in pre-season.
“Brian Jensen was one, and he’s got a fantastic track record in his career.”
Rowett would rather wait and use the loan market than sign a goalkeeper who turns out to not be the “right stuff”.
“We had quite a few keepers in last summer but we didn’t quite find the right balance,” he said.
“We wanted to get it right and were trying to get it right, and then we got to a point where everyone keeps their better keepers.
“Then you’re restricted to loans.
“But loans can be very successful and shouldn’t be ruled out.”
Rowett has pointed to 31-year-old defender Shane Cansdell-Sherriff as an example of a loan which can turn out perfectly.
The centre-half became a vital part of the Brewers jigsaw after joining short-term from Preston and is now signed on to a permanent two-year deal at the club.
“Look at Shane - he was a loan player and look at what he did for us last season,” said Rowett.
“The thought that loan players don’t make as much of an effort as those signed permanently is just wrong.
“Shane put his body on the line and played through the pain of his Achilles - and broke his cheekbone for us earlier in the season.
“You can’t ask for more than that.
“We’ve had a lot of loan players and they play like they’re your own.
“If your own player makes a mistake, is it any better than a loan player? Not really.”
TALKS with Stevenage winger Lucas Akins are still ongoing but a decision is expected to be reached on the 25-year-old wide-man next week.