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Damien McCrory could be set for move forward in the Burton Albion side

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 22, 2013

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DAMIEN McCrory could play a more advanced role for Burton Albion next season with the expected departure of Jacques Maghoma.

The 23-year-old left-back was one of the outstanding performers for the Brewers this season and his success pushed club legend Aaron Webster, recently released, aside.

And Rowett has considered moving the former Dagenham & Redbridge man further forward with Maghoma set for a move to League One or the Championship.

“Damien’s played on the left of midfield in the past,” said Rowett. “With the way he plays he might be suited to a more attacking position.

“He could potentially move a position further up the pitch, but it depends on who we get in.”

Maghoma was a revelation this season, scoring 18 goals as the Brewers stormed to fourth spot and a play-off semi-final berth.

But he is unlikely to sign another deal to stay at Burton and is instead lining up a move up the football ladder.

Meanwhile, right-back is another position Albion will need to strengthen after the return of Anthony O’Connor to Blackburn Rovers after a season-long loan at the Pirelli Stadium.

It is unlikely Rovers would let the 20-year-old out on loan for another season and with Andy Corbett’s retirement, Burton need to get a right-back this summer.

“It’s an area where it’s very, very important to get someone in who’s the right player in that position,” said Rowett. “Anthony had a fantastic season, but he wasn’t really a right-back, he was a centre-half.

“He got through with his determination and aggression.

“I’m now looking for someone who knows that role a little better.”

Right-back has been something of a problem position in recent seasons, but Rowett is hopeful of finding a solution.

“We’ve had a lot of people in there and there’s a chance for someone to really make it their own,” he said.

ALEX MacDonald has – as expected – been left off Burnley’s retained list.

The 23-year-old’s contract with the Clarets expires on July 1 and the Brewers are expected to sign him once he is a free agent.

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