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Burton Albion sign veteran striker Gary Alexander from Crawley Town

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 31, 2014

STRIKING A DEAL . . . Burton Albion have signed Gary Alexander rom Crawley Town

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BURTON Albion have signed Gary Alexander rom Crawley TownBURTON Albion have announced the signing of Gary Alexander from League One side Crawley Town on a permanent deal.

The 34-year-old striker has made 26 appearances for John Gregory’s side this season, scoring five goals.

The London-born forward began his career at Premier League side West Ham United before moving to Exeter City on loan. Other clubs include Swindon Town, Hull City, Leyton Orient, Millwall and Brentford.

Alexander enjoyed a loan spell at fellow League Two side AFC Wimbledon last season, scoring three goals in 18 appearances.

Brewers boss Gary Rowett said: “Gary is a great addition for us, he is maybe something we’re missing at the moment.

“He is a target man and someone who has a lot of experience playing at this level.

“Gary will bring an aerial threat to the squad that maybe we have been missing when Symes has been out injured.

“He is proven at this level and knows what this league is all about."

Crawley boss John Gregory describes Alexander as a “fantastic professional”.

He said: “Gary was out of contract here at the end of the season and going to Burton gives him an opportunity to impress up at a club trying to win promotion into League One.

“At this stage of his career he is looking for stability and we wish him all the very best.

“During my time as manager he has been a fantastic professional and great presence in the dressing room and I’m sure I speak for my predecessors in that regard as well.”

Alexander experienced the highs of promotion with Crawley – and is now targeting League One football with the Brewers.

“I have had two great years at Crawley and winning promotion was one of the highlights of my career,” said Alexander. ”It is a fantastic club and I will miss everyone here including the other lads and of course the fans.

“All being well I can help Burton get promoted and we’ll have another look at things in the summer. But I’d like to wish everyone at Crawley all the best.”

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