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Gary Rowett seeks experienced goalkeeper to compete with Dean Lyness for place in goal

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 05, 2014

Dean Lyness during warm up
York City v Burton Albion
Bootham Crescent

Dean Lyness during warm up York City v Burton Albion Bootham Crescent

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GARY Rowett is looking for a goalkeeper in his mid-20s to come in and battle with Dean Lyness for the No1 jersey at Burton Albion.

The Brewers need another keeper before the start of the League Two season as they look to win promotion.

Rowett wants to sign a player with some experience, but without too many miles on the clock – something he admits is a difficult task.

“We’ll be looking at a few keepers this year and the search is ongoing,” said the Albion boss, who has already brought in Shane Cansdell-Sherriff, George Taft, John Mousinho, Lucas Akins, Stuart Beavons and Callum McFadzean this summer.

“Ideally, we’re looking to bring someone in with a bit of experience to go alongside Deano.

“But there doesn’t seem to be that many players out there of the ilk we’re looking at. It’s once again not going to be an easy one (like last summer).

“Our ideal would be to bring in a permanent keeper with a bit more experience, but what we don’t want to do is bring in a 38 or 39-year-old.

“My ideal is someone who’s 24 or 25 who’s got potential still and has maybe played 100 or 150 games in the league.”

Last season, the Brewers started with Jordan Pickford in goal before he was recalled by Premier League Sunderland from his loan at the Pirelli Stadium just as he was starting to look the real deal.

Aston Villa’s Benji Siegrist, Derby’s Mats Morch and veteran Kevin Poole were unused substitute keepers, as was Bermudan Freddy Hall in the play-off final.

The other keepers to actually play were Lyness and on-loan Bury custodian Rob Lainton.

Rowett has not ruled out paying a fee to net the right keeper.

The manager paid a small fee for Lucas Akins, the first cash signing he has made in charge of the Brewers.

However, he says the club will not be making a habit of shelling out money for signings.

“I think every case is individual,” said Rowett. “If there’s someone out there who’s got a value which is who I want I’d rather invest in that 24, 25, 26 bracket.

“There aren’t loads of players moving in League Two for phenomenal amounts of money, but we’d take every case on its merits.

“But we aren’t suddenly going to start paying lots of fees for players - that would be stupid.”

Albion started pre-season training yesterday and will head to Portugal next week for a training camp in the Iberian sunshine.

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