SIGNING the right characters has been uppermost in Gary Rowett’s mind this summer as he rejigs Burton Albion’s squad ahead of the new season.
The Brewers boss has made six signings – four permanent and two on loan – to try to reach League One.
He has concentrated on bringing in players who are the ‘right stuff’, with the likes of Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (pictured) and John Mousinho very well thought of within the game.
Callum McFadzean is also a known quantity after his loan spell with Burton, Lucas Akins has a reputation as a hard worker and Stuart Beavon and George Taft also come with good reports.
The Albion chief said: “We’ve looked at it really, really closely – we want good characters and we want players who want to work hard.
“We want players to be athletic and to be able to do what we want.
“John Mousinho comes very highly regarded, Shane we know, obviously, is a great lad, Stuart (Beavon) has a glowing reputation and Lucas Akins the same. He just loves to work hard at his football.”
Rowett admits he made a mistake or two last summer with some signings who did not quite fit in with the rest of his squad at the Pirelli Stadium.
No manager ever gets all his signings right, with even Alex Ferguson signing the odd dud during his reign at Manchester United.
Rowett says he is working hard to identify the right characters, but says any mistakes made were honest ones in pursuit of a better playing staff at the club.
“It was a good learning curve – you’ve got to get the right types as well,” he said.
“That’s something that last season we had a small issue with.
“In trying to get better you can occasionally take the wrong type of player who doesn’t fit in with the team.
“They’ve got to fit into your team and ethos.”