GARY Rowett is delighted to have again bagged a player with League One experience after signing John Mousinho on a two-year deal.
The 28-year-old powerhouse, who has been released by Preston, was Rowett’s No 1 midfield target this summer.
“I’m delighted to have signed him,” said the Brewers boss last night. “John was my No 1 target in that position.
“We wanted to bring in something a bit different in that area, with some real physical presence.
“Our midfielders are excellent, but John is a different kind of player.”
Mousinho has twice been promoted from League Two, automatically with Wycombe in 2008/09 and through the play-offs with Stevenage in 2010/11.
He scored the winner in that year’s play-off final as the Boro beat Billy Kee’s Torquay 1-0 at Old Trafford to reach League One.
“John’s been playing League One football for the last three seasons and is hugely experienced, having won promotion twice in his career,” said Rowett.
“He’s a leader and a very, very good athlete.
“He’ll give us good additional size and a couple of seasons ago he scored eight goals from central midfield for Stevenage.
“He can add that to the team, and can also play centre-back.
“That gives us a bit of versatility and means we can carry a few less players in the squad, allowing us to sign players with extra quality.”
Since becoming boss, Rowett has made a habit of trying to attract players from a higher level to come to League Two.
Robbie Weir and Adam McGurk have been notable success stories, and the manager hopes for the same from Mousinho.
“I think we always look at that,” said Rowett. “Can we get players who have played at a higher level?
“When I spoke to John, he’s still very, very keen to achieve a bit more.
“He’s an intelligent player and is doing his coaching badges.
“He’s been up to the FA Centre and will be training up there for the next couple of years now.”
Furthermore, the Brewers boss has answered a question a lot of fans have been asking: now that Albion are in League Two again after missing out on promotion, has it changed the summer rebuilding plans?
“People have been asking me recently if my transfer targets would have been different had we been promoted to League One,” said Rowett.
“Well, I think I still would’ve signed John if we had gone up.
“That’s the quality of player I’m trying to bring to the club.
“It’s very similar to the likes of Adam (McGurk), Damo (McCrory), Robbie (Weir) and Shane (Cansdell-Sherriff).
“It’s that extra little bit of quality we want.”