ZANDER Diamond wants to stay at Burton Albion, fight for his place and promotion, and says that leaving the club to find more game-time would be a “knee-jerk reaction”.
The popular centre-half was a mainstay of the Brewers’ run to the League Two play-offs last season, but has found his opportunities limited this campaign.
Injury kept him out at the start of the season, and the form of fellow defenders Ian Sharps, Marcus Holness and Shane Cansdell-Sherriff has restricted him to just four league starts, and Saturday’s game against Chelteham Town was his first appearance in the starting XI since an FA Cup tie November.
He put in a fine show as Albion beat the Robins 2-1, looking solid alongside Sharps in the pair’s first league outing together of the season, and said that despite interest from other clubs for his services, he was keen to remain at Burton.
“There has been interest in myself but it’s all hands to the pump here,” said the former Scotland Under-21 international.
“You don’t want to make a knee-jerk reaction and make the wrong decision for your family.
“I’m very settled here, we’ve moved to stay in Derby, and I’ve loved every minute of it since I’ve been at this football club.
“The knee-jerk reaction says that you want to go somewhere and play football, but then 24 hours later, someone gets injured and you’re called upon.
“You just need to keep going, and you don’t want to make the wrong decision just to try and get games.
“We’ve got something brewing here – excuse the pun – that I want to be part of, and hopefully in the next month or two, I can do that.”
For Zander Diamond’s full interview see Friday’s Burton Mail.