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Gary keen on three signings - but not the trialists!

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 10, 2013

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GARY Rowett wants to bring up to three new players to the Pirelli Stadium before the January transfer window closes.

But Burton Albion’s boss will not be rushed into signings he might later regret.

Rowett said last night: “We need to bring the numbers back up, but I want to be sure I do it with the right players.

“There is a lot of January still to come so I certainly won’t be signing the first player or players who drop into my lap unless they fit the bill.

“But I’m definitely looking to strengthen, probably with loan signings until the end of the season.”

The size of Rowett’s squad has dropped dramatically in the last two months.

Four loan signings — goalkeeper Mark Oxley, defender Rob Kiernan and wingers Luke Rooney and Jordan Chapell — have returned to their parent clubs, while full-back Andy Corbett and striker Justin Richards are out on loan at Hereford United and Oxford United respectively.

Rowett said: “When you look at the numbers, we’re well down on the squad we had a couple of months ago, which is something we need to address.”

On the plus side, Rowett finally has club skipper John McGrath and winger Jimmy Phillips available after their long fitness battles. But he wants to make sure Albion are fully equipped to press on with a League Two promotion challenge.

He said: “I wouldn’t say there’s any department in which we are poor but there’s always room for improvement, which is what we’ll be trying to achieve in the next three weeks by bringing in the right people.”

Rowett had players on trial in a private friendly against Derby County on Tuesday but is unlikely to offer terms to any of them of a 9-1 defeat.

He said: “A few of the players we were looking at struggled, but so did some of our own players because it was such a strong Derby side. It wasn’t easy for anyone to come in and impress against quality players like Theo Robinson, Nathan Tyson, Jamie Ward and Mason Bennett.”

Phillips scored Albion’s consolation and is nearing full fitness after missing the first half of the season with a broken foot.

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