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Burton Albion evolution pleases manager Gary Rowett

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 26, 2014

Northampton vs Burton - Burton Manager Gary Rowett - Photo By James Williamson

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GARY Rowett is happy with how his Burton Albion squad is evolving this summer.

The Brewers boss has set out with evolution rather than revolution in his mind as he looks to build on back-to-back play-off finishes and lead Albion to League One.

So far, he has made four new signings – Shane Cansdell-Sherriff, George Taft, John Mousinho and Lucas Akins – as well as sealing new deals with all of the players he wanted to keep.

Damien McCrory is expected to join that group either today or tomorrow when he signs a new two-year deal and Rowett is pleased with his business so far.

“We’ve been really pleased with the summer so far,” said the Brewers boss. “The recruitment has gone well and we’ve certainly kept the vast majority of the players we wanted to keep.

“The ones who have left haven’t featured too much but there’s really no point keeping them around for another year if they’re not going to play many games.”

More new signings are expected in the coming weeks, with a goalkeeper and a striker the manager’s main targets.

But Rowett is happy with the signings completed to date.

“The likes of Shane Cansdell-Sherriff joining us permanently will be a big asset,” he said. “Imagine if he’d been with us since the start of last season?

“We’ll get a striker in in the next couple of weeks and a goalkeeper.

“That’ll be more or less it. These four or five additions we hope will kick us on.

“We need to not forget the likes of Robbie (Weir) and Damo (McCrory) can do more next season.

“If you think that another nine points would’ve got us up automatically, what’s going to get us there next season isn’t 10 new players.

“That’s a risk. It’s about adding to the squad we’ve got and tweaking it.”

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