GARY Rowett believes that new Burton Albion signing Gary Alexander can help some of the younger players at the club to develop.
The 34-year-old target man arrived at the Pirelli Stadium on deadline day from League One Crawley and is now an Albion player until the end of the season
He made his debut as a second half substitute in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Exeter City and boss Rowett knows he has a player with invaluable experience.
“I think what you get with Gary is someone who has been there and seen it,” he said.
“He’s had promotions with Brentford and Crawley and is someone who knows what it takes to get out of this division.”
Rowett says Alexander can help the younger players in Burton’s team step up their game as the crucial end-of-season run-in gathers pace.
“He can help the younger players,” he said. “You can see that after just a few days in the building.
“He’s been straight into the thick of it, giving people around him a bit of encouragement and instruction, not just as a player, but as a character.
“He’ll be a big leader for us and it’ll help people who play up with him - he’ll talk.
“The others do it in their own way, but if you’ve got someone up there who can give a little bit of information and encouragement at the right times it can only be a good thing.”
MEANWHILE, Burton players, staff and fans will embark upon a tour of the west coast of England later this month as they face a potentially gruelling 880 miles on the road in the space of a week.
The Brewers have two rearranged games – away to Rochdale on February 18 and away to Torquay United on February 25, both 7.45pm kick-offs – after the original ties in question were postponed due to the FA Cup and the weather respectively.
Those trips sandwich a third evening match, away to Bristol Rovers on Friday, February 21, meaning a tough week for Gary Rowett’s side and their travelling support.