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Burton Albion: Gary Rowett praises new lads

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 31, 2014

By Tom Sloan

STEPPING UP TO THE MARK ... George Taft is one of seven new faces at the Pirelli Stadium.

STEPPING UP TO THE MARK ... George Taft is one of seven new faces at the Pirelli Stadium.

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GARY Rowett is made up with how his new signings have fitted in to the Burton Albion squad.

The Brewers boss has brought in seven players this summer, both on loan and in permanent deals and all have impressed so far in pre-season.

"They've fitted in really well and are an excellent bunch of lads," said the Albion chief. "They've fitted right in with the ethos of the squad with their attitude."

Last season not all of the manager's summer signings came off – as can happen – with Rene Howe and Adam Reed departing early at Christmas.

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But this time the new signings look like really working out.

"We've seen in many ways they have improved us from last year," said the manager.

"If you look at the Sheffield United game, they've improved us in terms of our attacking options.

"Then we've got the likes of George Taft who looks like a very good player at the back.

"Lucas (Akins) looks like he can have a huge impact for us this season, and Stuart Beavon too.

"I'm excited about all the signings."

The signing of goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin, 26, completed Rowett's mission to find a goalkeeper in his best years with plenty of experience under his belt.

"When I said I was looking for a keeper around his age, I didn't mean I'd rule out anyone older," said Rowett.

"Of course I would have signed someone of the right quality who was, say 30.

"Jon McLaughlin will turn out to be an excellent, excellent signing.

"What was really, really pleasing for me with him is we've got a player who has proved himself at League One but we haven't had to compromise with an older player to get him.

"He's in the prime of his career."

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