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Jordan Pickford return to Burton Albion looks unlikely

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 23, 2014

14/09/13 Albion vs Portsmouth - 3:00pm KO - Pirelli Stadium, Princess Wy,, Stretton Burton Albion vs Portsmouth at the Pirelli Stadium.Jordan Pickford

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GARY Rowett is unlikely to bring Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford to Burton Albion for a third loan spell.

The 19-year-old keeper had two stints at the Pirelli Stadium this season, making 13 appearances for the Brewers.

He was recalled by the Black Cats in November after an injury crisis in their goalkeeping department.

Now, though, Sunderland have snapped up Argentinian keeper Oscar Ustari as back-up to No 1 Vito Mannone, freeing Pickford up to again go out on loan – but Rowett is happy with current custodians Dean Lyness and Benji Siegrist.

“I think first and foremost we’re very, very happy with what we’ve got,” said the Brewers chief last night.

“Deano has done really, really well coming back into the side.

“Whenever he’s played he’s done a good job.”

Siegrist is on a second one-month loan from Aston Villa and Rowett would like to extend the deal until the end of the season.

Although the 21-year-old is yet to make an appearance, he has made an impression on

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the Brewers boss.

“Benji has been really unlucky - he came in hoping he would get some games and a chance to play in the league,” said Rowett.

“He understands why he hasn’t played and has continued to work very hard in training.

“I’d love to keep both keepers together for the rest of the season.

“Benji’s loan is up at the end of the month and it’ll be down to what he and Villa want to do.

“The thing is, everyone comes in hoping they are going to play.

“But he’s experiencing being in a first-team squad and being part of a team.

“It’s a decision for Benji - all I can say is he’s been fantastic so far and in an ideal world I’d like to keep him.”

Albion have nine days left to make a permanent signing in the January transfer window - but one of the manager’s targets has moved elsewhere.

Rowett was interested in striker Michael Smith, who yesterday sealed a move to League One promotion hopefuls Swindon from Charlton.

“He’s a player we were interested in,” said the Albion boss of a player who netted 10 goals for Dagenham this season. “He’s the type of player we would like to bring in.

“But with that quality of player there is always going to be competition from other clubs.”

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